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MCHD halts use of J&J vaccine for homebound program

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The Montgomery County Health Department halted the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for the homebound program after the state put the doses on pause.

Homebound residents will receive the two-shot Moderna vaccine until further notice, department administrator Amber Reed said.

Less than 30 doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the county, Reed said. The shots are given by community paramedics in a partnership with the Community Paramedicine Program.

“It’s still a safe vaccine,” Reed said, noting the small number of rare types of blood clots being reviewed by federal health officials.

The county’s vaccination site in the former Save-A-Lot store only administers the Moderna vaccine.

More than 6,800 people have been fully vaccinated in Montgomery County, according to the state’s coronavirus vaccine dashboard.

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