ST. LOUIS COUNTY • County Executive Sam Page said that pausing the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine was the right thing to do and added that the county would be using the Pfizer vaccine going forward.
On Tuesday, the CDC and FDA paused the distribution of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to a rare blood clot disease detected in six people and causing one person to die from a brain aneurysm. The J&J vaccine is being paused nationwide after a panel of experts decided to halt its use for at least a week to allow time for investigation of the incidents.
Page assured county residents that although the news was stressful the J&J shot had not been widely distributed in this area, representing less than 2% of the whole vaccination effort.
The county executive also took a moment to remind people that the vaccine rollout had given some an excuse to relax their preventative measures and that an uptick in cases had resulted.
The St. Louis Pandemic Task Force is reporting an average of above 100 deaths for the first time in weeks. Weakening preventative measures such as the use of masks and hand washing as well as more relaxed group gatherings as people receive their vaccine are the main reasons attributed to the spike in news cases.
Page stated via YouTube that the time to relax preventative measures was not now and that residents in the region should still refrain from large gatherings and continue to use masks in the presence of others.