‘I feel completely fine;’ Dayton Mayor Whaley responds to J&J vaccine pause

DAYTON — Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is still urging people to sign-up and get the COVID-19 vaccine even as U.S. health officials recommended a pause in the use of the shot after six women developed rare blood clots.

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Whaley received the Johnson & Johnson shot March 19 at the Dayton Convention Center but said she still feels fine weeks after getting the shot.

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“This is just an overabundance of caution,” Whaley said during a press conference Wednesday, announcing Police Chief Richard Biehl’s retirement.

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“I feel completely fine. And I’m really still glad and will continue to be glad that I got the Johnson & Johnson because it was one and done. I hope it comes back,” Whaley said.

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The Ohio Department of Health joined the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by recommending the shot’s use be put on hold while the six cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis were investigated.

Of Ohio’s approximately 4.16 million vaccinations, 264,311 were the Johnson & Johnson shot, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff described the events that led to the pause of Johnson & Johnson vaccine as “truly rare events” and added that the FDA/CDC decision should give Ohioans confidence in the system that approves the vaccines for use.

“This was six known cases out of six million. I’m not minimizing this at all. We’ll see what the experts decide,” DeWine said.

The mass vaccination site at the Dayton Convention Center and the campus site at Wright State University will continue but is switching to the Pfizer vaccine. Other mass vaccination sites like the one at Xavier University’s Cintas Center in Cincinnati will pause this week while the J&J shot is researched.