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Vaccine clinic shifts to Pfizer shot


Following guidance from U.S. officials today (TUESDAY), Michigan State University is shifting a student vaccination program from the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to Pfizer’s.

Last Friday, MSU began inoculating students with the J&J coronavirus vaccine. Almost 600 students got the J&J vaccine last Friday.

On Tuesday, the FDA and CDC released a recommendation to pause the use of the J&J vaccine over a possible link to a rare blood clot. MSU got replacement Pfizer doses from the Ingham County Health Department before the first appointment this week.

By design, there were no appointments on Monday, but there were 3,000 appointments booked for the rest of this week. University spokesman Dan Olsen says there are 4,000 more Pfizer doses expected next week.

"We’ll spread that out through the entire week, so we’ll be looking at about 800 appointments each day Monday through Friday,” said Olsen.

Olsen says MSU will send information about symptoms to watch out for to the students who got the J&J shot last week.