ALBANY – State run vaccination sites in New York are resuming administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
The state previously halted its use last week based on recommendations of U.S health officials who were investigating reports over rare but potentially dangerous blood clots related to the shots.
The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that they had completed a review of the vaccine that cleared it for use.
In the past week, New York administered nearly 1.2 million doses of the vaccine.
Speaking on Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state’s vaccination progress was something New Yorkers “could take great pride in,” but added “we are not out of the woods yet.
“This virus is still out there and the footrace against the infection rate is still on,” said Cuomo. “More than 30 percent of New Yorkers have been fully vaccinated, but if we slow down now we risk undoing our hard-earned progress. As we have done since day one, we will continue to work with local communities and providers to make sure the vaccine is accessible to every New Yorker, and to remind everyone that the vaccine is effective and necessary to defeat COVID once and for all.”
In Chautauqua County over 50,000 residents have received their first dose of the vaccine so far, according to data posted on the state’s COVID-19 vaccine tracker.