SA temporarily halts its J&J vaccine rollout amid blood clotting

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says South Africa would voluntarily and temporarily suspend the roll-out of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following the announcement by the Food and Drug Administration of the temporary suspension of the use of the vaccine in the United States.

Yesterday the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the FDA recommended that the country halt the use of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine after six reported cases where patients developed rare and severe blood clots. South Africa has already administered the same vaccine to almost 290,000 healthcare workers and more doses are en route for use in the mass vaccination drive.