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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Gov. Wolf gets COVID-19 vaccine amid J&J pause

Posted by M. C. on April 21, 2021

Took him long enough. But then again he was already immune.

Taking one for the (fear and control) team.

https://erietimes-pa-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=23154508c

Sam Ruland York Daily Record USA TODAY NETWORK – PENNSYLVANIA

Gov. Tom Wolf Gov. Tom Wolf received his first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday in York, saying he wanted to show Pennsylvanians how ‘safe and easy’ it is

amid controversy over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout being paused due to adverse reactions. The syringe was wielded by Asceline Go, the vice president of medical services at Family First Health, where the governor received his vaccination.

After getting the injection in his left arm — a process that lasts only a minute — Wolf said he didn’t ‘feel a thing,’ sat back and waited to ensure he had no reactions to the shot.

As of Saturday, 6,999,716 total doses have been administered in the state, and 2,694,321 people in Pennsylvania are fully vaccinated, while another 4,573,436 wait to receive their second dose.

But the state has to keep going, Wolf said. Currently, all residents at least 16 years of age are eligible to receive the vaccine.

‘The vaccine is how we’re going to get through this,’ Wolf said. ‘We have the tool to get out of it, we just have to use the tool.’

However, one of those tools isn’t at Pennsylvania’s disposal for now. The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended a temporary ‘pause’ last Tuesday as officials investigate a potential link between severe blood clots and low levels of blood platelets. Six women have reported severe blood clots after getting the vaccine and one died; more than 6.8 million Americans have received the J&J vaccine.

On Wednesday, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met to review evidence but concluded that the group needed more time to review details. Wolf said the group is taking the prudent course to investigate the ‘very rare risk’ of blood clots thoroughly. The pause on using the one-shot vaccine will likely be lifted by Friday, although some restrictions may be required, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday.

The governor’s public immunization comes as health leaders push as many Pennsylvanians as possible to get vaccinated to stop the spread of the virus, which has infected more than 1,103,600 people in the state and taken the lives of more than 25,600.

Back in December, Wolf tested positive for the coronavirus. The 72-year-old, who is a survivor of prostate cancer, said he had no symptoms of the disease before his test or after his diagnosis and quickly recovered.

Wolf said the pause might make some Pennsylvanians more hesitant to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but he believed people would make rational choices. The commonwealth is also shipping more vaccines to primary care physicians because patients tend to trust them more.

‘That’s why I’m here in part — it made me feel more confident — having an FDA and CDC who is watching things as closely as they are,’ Wolf said in regards to the J&J vaccine rollout being paused. ‘So personally, it made me more confident to get my shot to know that they’re watching.’

In the meantime, Wolf has asked vaccine providers to hold onto their Johnson & Johnson shots, which can last up to three months refrigerated. Mass vaccination clinics instead offered Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, which require two doses taken weeks apart.

The pause could hamper the commonwealth’s plan to vaccinate college students before they leave campus in May. The effort was dependent on one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines to succeed. Many universities and local health departments have switched to offering another vaccine.

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