Johnson & Johnson Pause Will Hurt Hard-to-Reach Communities

A Flash Brief from the Gingrich 360 team: 

Federal health officials recently decided to pause the use of Johnson Johnson’s single dose vaccine. The pause was initiated due to severe blood clots that have affected six of the nearly 7 million patients who have received the shot. 

Issac Stanley-Becker wrote that the pause of the single dose vaccine will affect hard to reach communities more than others. The Johnson & Johnson shot was a favored option for rural communities, students, homeless, and homebound populationsdue to its one-time application and easier storing ability 

With so many of these communities already hesitant to receive the vaccine, this pause could not have come at a worse time. In New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Sununu said, pausing in many ways is easy, the challenge will be reinstating public trust.  

Read more on Stanley-Becker’s article “Underserved communities bear brunt of paused Johnson & Johnson rollout” from The Washington Post. 

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