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Indiana Dept. of Health asks all vaccine clinics to pause use of J&J COVID-19 vaccine

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INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA21) - The Indiana State Department of Health is notifying all vaccine clinics within the state's borders to pause its use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

The CDC and the FDA issued a joint statement Tuesday morning that is asking providers nationwide to stop administering the one-shot vaccine until health professionals can investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

These blood clots have been reported in six women, federal regulators said.

Federal health leaders said these adverse reactions to the vaccine appear to be extremely rare, but they're hitting the pause button out of an abundance of caution.

READ MORE: US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports

The Indiana Department of Health is proactively notifying all vaccination clinics using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to pause its use following news reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has called for additional review of its safety. The state has not received official notification of a directive to pause but is doing so out of an abundance of caution.

One of the largest vaccine clinics in the state -- the Indianapolis Motor Speedway clinic -- uses the J&J vaccine.

State health officials said they'd be sending boxes of the two-dose Moderna vaccine to the clinic to avoid interruptions.

The department is also working with other clinics that were scheduled to use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the immediate future.

More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S. 

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Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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