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Florida Vaccine Updates: Broward Health Offers Appointments To Those Affected By Pause of J&J Vaccine

Here's what we know today about the coronavirus outbreak in Florida, and the effort to stop it

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As a supply of the coronavirus vaccine becomes available across Florida, residents are understandably anxious to know when they will be able to get vaccinated.

Across Florida and around the country, the fallout continued after the FDA and CDC make a decision to put a temporary pause on the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to worries over a rare set of complications.

Here's what we know today about the coronavirus outbreak in Florida, and the effort to stop it.

Line at Hard Rock Stadium Will Be Cut Off Earlier

The line at the Hard Rock Stadium vaccination site is expected to be cut off at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, an hour earlier than the 10 p.m. closing time.

Long lines were reported at the Hard Rock on Wednesday, but it's unclear whether that was due to the pause of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine or the state's decision to no longer make it an appointment needed site.

Broward Health Offers Vaccine Appointments To Those Affected By Pause of J&J Vaccine

For anyone affected by the pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Broward Health is encouraging community members to call 954-756-6500 to register for COVID vaccination appointments, many of which are available same day and throughout the week.

Guests can also click here and fill out the online request form.

Broward Health’s vaccination sites have virtually no wait time, as patients are typically in and out in 45 minutes, including observation.

Pfizer, Moderna Increasing Doses Shipped to Florida Next Week

Both vaccine makers will be increasing the number of doses shipped to the state next week, with Pfizer increasing their doses to 314,730 and Moderna increasing their shipment to 234,500 doses.

Johnson & Johnson has not said if they would be shipping doses to the state next week amid the pause placed due to rare complications in some who have received the vaccine.

Publix Follows Guidance, Suspends Administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Following CDC and FDA guidance, Publix is suspending the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at all of its pharmacy locations.

Customers can click here to schedule an appointment for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, if currently available in their state.

According to the CDC and FDA, while a rare side effect, individuals who have received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine should contact their health care provider if they develop a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination.

Expert: Don't Let J&J Vaccine Issue Stop You From Getting Vaccinated

The odds of having a blood clotting problem after receiving Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine are extremely small, less than one in a million.

Six women, between the ages of 18 and 48, developed clots out of 6.8 million people who got the J&J vaccine. 

However, as infectious disease expert Dr. Aileen Marty explains it, to maintain public confidence in the vaccination effort, every issue must be transparently investigated. That’s why the FDA and the CDC pulled the J&J vaccine out of circulation temporarily. 

Daily Dose: Why You're Most Likely to Feel Sick After That Second Dose

Luckily not everyone gets the aches and pains or headaches after the COVID-19 vaccine - but when folks do get side effects, often it’s after that booster shot - the second dose.

Click here for the story from NBC 6 anchor Trina Robinson.

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