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Today’s clinic switching to Moderna

CONNORVILLE — The mobile mass vaccination clinic scheduled from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Buckeye Local High School will go on – but not as planned.

Those who had an appointment to receive the one-shot Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will now instead be receiving the first dose of the Moderna vaccine, according to Jefferson County Health Commissioner Andrew Henry.

“We have seen quite a few people cancel, obviously because they would have wanted the J and J originally,” Henry said. “That is to be expected. We are still going to be there at the same time.”

The change came from guidance from the Ohio Department of Health, who paused use of the vaccine across the state due to the breaking news Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended pausing administering of the Johnson and Johnson shot due to six women who took the vaccine developing a blood-clotting condition within two weeks of its administration.

Due to the allocation for the clinics having been Johnson and Johnson, there will be no walk-up service of the Moderna vaccine. Only those with an appointment who were willing to switch to Moderna will be vaccinated, but appointments will remain at the same location and times.

“We couldn’t do walk-ups. We’re going to do scheduled appointments only,” Henry said. “Because of the canceled J and J, we don’t have enough Moderna in stock to do walk-up, but we have enough to see everyone who was scheduled. Anyone who was scheduled previously will be honored.”

According to information from the state, 264,311 Ohioans have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to date. Mobile clinics administering the vaccine were held last week at the Seventh Street Plaza in Steubenville and the Karaffa Recreation Center in Toronto.

According to the information from the state, the clinic that was scheduled for Edison High School on Saturday is off.

During his visit to the health department’s regular vaccination clinic inside the Fort Steuben Mall Monday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine touted the mobile clinics and said he was closely monitoring their success.

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