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Calhoun County pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine at Tuesday clinics

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The sign for the Calhoun County Health Department is pictured in this file photo. (WWMT/File)

The Calhoun County Public Health Department announced a pause on using Johnson & Johnson's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

The announcement followed a recommendation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after they began investigating clots in six women, reported after administration of the company's vaccine.

A vaccine clinic in Albion was previously scheduled to provide the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Health officials said the clinic would switch to the Pfizer vaccine, along with all future clinics until more information was available.

Clinics for the first vaccine dose were scheduled for the following days:

Albion College Dow Center

  • April 13, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Battle Creek YMCA Multi Sports Complex

  • April 14, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • April 15, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • April 16, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Vaccines were available for anyone 16 and up, although 16- and 17-year-olds would need a parent or legal guardian with them.

For people who attended the Battle Creek clinics, health officials said appointments for the second dose would be held three weeks later on Friday, May 7. For vaccine recipients at the Albion clinic, a second dose would be scheduled for Tuesday, May 4.

Although the clinics were available on a walk-in basis, people who wanted a vaccine could also register for an appointment on the Calhoun County website.