SUNY pauses use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

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The SUNY system is following recommendations by state and federal health officials to immediately pause administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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Each campus was in the process of administering the one-shot dose to all students prior to their exit for summer break. Cortland held its first J&J clinic this past Friday, April 9.

Anyone who received this formula and experiences any side effects (e.g. headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath) within three weeks should contact a campus or healthcare provider.

University officials are now working with the state to locate and receive alternative vaccines for students.

“We urge all students with appointments for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to contact their campus or vaccination site because alternatives have already been found in some instances,” said SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras. “Our priority will always be the health and safety of our students. While we must not slow down the process of protecting our students from the COVID-19 virus, we must also do all we can to ensure their safety and health every step of the way. We will keep our campus communities informed as more information becomes available.”

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