California to resume administering Johnson & Johnson vaccines immediately, Newsom says

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SAN DIEGO – California will resume administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine immediately, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Saturday in a tweet.

Newsom said he is one of the one million Californians to have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

California Health officials and Newsom didn’t immediately comment on the FDA & CDC lifting the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Friday. Instead, state officials waited for The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup to give them the green light for the J&J vaccine.

The group is made of nationally-acclaimed scientists with expertise in immunization, and public health. Washington, Oregon and Nevada joined the workgroup in October.

According to CDC data, 8 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been administered out of 17 million which have been delivered.

The county’s goal is to vaccinate 75% of San Diegans – only 43% of residents are fully vaccinated and 67% of the population has received at least one dose.

The county has 11,000 J&J vaccines currently in storage – they have not announced where these doses will be headed to next.

Anthony White with Family Health Centers of San Diego says, “we will take the weekend to study the notes from ACIP meetings today and will follow applicable CDC recommendations to resume J&J vaccines in our clinics starting Monday and in our mass vaccination sites starting Tuesday.”

Cal Fire will host two vaccination sites in East County: Monday at Jamul Intermediate School and Tuesday at San Ysidro Health in Campo.

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