In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating clots in six women that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.  More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects.

Maine announced it was pausing it’s vaccine program that was using Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Vaccine providers also announced appointments would be postponed.

Tuesday, April 13

• The pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccinations in Maine on Tuesday raised concern that an extremely rare blood clotting complication with the J&J shot might increase vaccine hesitancy.

• The Auburn Mall mass vaccination clinic has not received or given any Johnson & Johnson vaccine and is not impacted by the pause in its rollout, according to officials.

• Officials at the Mid Coast Hospital COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Brunswick Landing are not anticipating any setbacks as a result of the federal recommendation to pause the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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• Johnson & Johnson says it is delaying the rollout of its coronavirus vaccine in Europe amid a U.S. probe into rare blood clots.

• The mobile clinic that opened at the Oxford Casino Monday will resume this afternoon after the Moderna vaccine was redirected there from another location, state health officials said Tuesday morning.

• Dr. Janet Woodcock, the agency’s acting commissioner, said, “We expect it to be a matter of days for this pause.”

• As the news spread, the Maine CDC reported 571 new COVID-19 cases — a surge driven mostly by younger individuals who have not yet been vaccinated against the virus

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center officials postponed plans for a vaccination clinic Tuesday. That clinic was expected to vaccinate about 300 people. A clinic planned for the next week using the Johnson & Johnson clinic also was postponed.

• Maine health officials announced the state will pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

• In reaction to reports of six blood clots, the FDA issued a statement saying it recommends the pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine ‘out of an abundance of caution.’

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