CEDARVILLE, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine held a special COVID-19 briefing to address the recommended pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to six cases of blood clots that have emerged in the past few days.
According to DeWine, a majority of Ohio's Johnson and Johnson doses were directed to mass vaccination clinics and to 63 public and private 4-year colleges and universities, most of which have already completed their student vaccinations.
"Due to the pause in administering the J&J vaccine, some sites will proceed with Pfizer or Moderna and other sites will pause entirely for the week," the governor announced.
Here is how some of the state's vaccination sites will adjust to the change:
Sites that will shift to Pfizer:
- Dayton Convention Center
- Zanesville Genesis Healthcare System
- Summit County Fairgrounds in Akron
- Columbus Public Health at Ohio Exp Center/State Fairgrounds
- University of Cincinnati
- Ohio University
- University of Toledo
- Wright State University
Among those on the list shifting to Pfizer is Summit County's Public Health vaccination site at the Summit County Fairgrounds. In a release, Summit County Public Health states that its clinic "this Sunday April 18th 2021, will be a Pfizer clinic which will require two doses. Individuals will benassigned a second dose date at the time of their first dose. Because it is a mass vaccination situation there is no flexibility in scheduling the second dose appointment. Those individuals who are not able to attend their second dose appointment should not proceed with receiving the first dose from the mass vaccination clinic at the fairgrounds."
Sites shifting to Moderna:
- Lima/Allen County Public Health
- Maumee/Lucas County Rec Center
- Ohio Northern University mobile clinic
- Mansfield at Richland County Fairgrounds
Sites pausing this week:
- Ohio University mobile clinic
- Cleveland State University
- Youngstown/Mahoning County at Southern Park Mall
- Cincinnati's Cintas Center
- Bowling Green State University
- Youngstown State University
- Miami University
As far as potentially adjusting the Wolstein Center's mass vaccination site, DeWine stated that no decision has been made at this point. The Wolstein Center is currently in the second week of providing second doses of Pfizer vaccinations. After another week of Pfizer, the Wolstein site is scheduled to provide the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine for the final two weeks it is open.
"We'll look at everything as we do every single week. Nothing is off the table," DeWine added.
The city of Cleveland reported that it has fewer than 400 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but will suspend its use following state and federal recoomendations. The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) will continue to administer the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and has two upcoming vaccination dates open to all Clevelanders 18 years and older:
- Friday, April 16 at Thurgood Marshall Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center at 8611 Hough Ave. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, April 17 at Cudell Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center at 1910 West Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Appointments are required. Online registration is available at https://clecovidvaccine.timetap.com. Phone registration is available by calling 216-664-2222 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Approximately 6.8 million people have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in the U.S. 264,311 of those vaccinations were administered in Ohio.
You can watch Tuesday's briefing in the player below: