By Beth David, Editor
Vaccinations in Massachusetts for COVID-19 continue at a rapid pace and have been opened up to individuals 55+ and individuals with one qualifying medical condition, but the use of the Johnson & Johnson vacccine has been paused due to a federal alert about possible bloot clots.
Six women between the ages of 18 and 48 developed blood clots. One died, another is in critical condition. The J&J vaccine has been administered to 6.85 million people. It is still unclear if the blood clots were due to the vaccine. The pause will give officials a chance to review the cases and make a determination as to whether or not the vaccine played a role in the development of the blood clots.
In Massachusetts, about 181,000 J&J doses have been adminstered. It is a single dose vaccine, unlike the other two, which require two shots about three weeks apart.
Massachusetts continues to reopen businesses, but many are still operating at very limited capacities.
The state operates nine mass vaccination sties, including one at the former Circuit City location on Faunce Corner Road in Dartmouth.
Residents can preregister to be notified when there are appointments available at one of those sites.
Southcoast Hospitcal Group also administers a site on Faucne Corner Road (visit www.southcoast.org).
Walgreen’s and CVS Pharmacies across the state are also vaccinating residents.
To find a site that may have slots available, visit https://vaxfinder.mass.gov, call 211,
To learn more, visit https://www.mass.gov/
Fairhaven has had 1,884 cases of COVID-19, with 56 in the last two weeks (active); and a positivity rate of 3.92%; 38,914 tests have been administered to Fairhaven residents.
Acushnet has had a toal of 1,236 cases, with 36 active; and a positivity rate of 4.62; and a total of 20,263 tests.
Mass. has had 17,068 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, and 345 probable deaths.
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