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New York to Follow Federal Recommendation, Pause J&J Vaccinations

NEW YORK — New York state health officials will follow federal recommendations and pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced Tuesday.

Zucker said all appointments for Johnson & Johnson vaccines on Tuesday at state-run mass vaccination sites would be honored with the Pfizer vaccine.

"I am in constant contact with the federal government, and we will update New Yorkers as more information becomes available," Zucker said in a news release.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a virtual news briefing that the city would follow the federal recommendation and stop administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at its hospitals and clinics, as well.

De Blasio, who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine himself last month, said the pause in vaccinations was a setback for the city but added, "our effort continues strong and will continue today and every day until we beat this disease."

Several colleges in the state announced the cancellation of vaccination clinics using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

"We apologize to those who were looking forward to being vaccinated today," Heidi Macpherson, president of the State University of New York at Brockport, said in a statement. "More information about other potential vaccination opportunities, on or off campus, will be shared when they become available."

Officials at SUNY Oswego announced  that a Johnson & Johnson vaccination clinic scheduled for Tuesday would be canceled and advised students and employees to look into local options for getting the Moderna vaccine.

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