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La Crosse’s Mayo joins “pause” on J&J COVID vaccine



Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse is going to join other medical organizations in halting the use of Johnson and Johnson’s COVID vaccine, while reports of dangerous blood clotting among vaccinated patients are investigated. 

The pause comes from six cases of women between the ages of 18-48 developing blood clots — one of which who died. But, there has been than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine given in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects.

Dr. Erin Morcomb of Mayo in La Crosse says the hospital still has Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available in the area. 

Morcomb said at least 500 doses of the J&J vaccine will be kept in storage for the La Crosse area. It can be stored for “a month or better,” Morcumb said.

“We would hope before that time frame we would hear back what’s going on,” she added.

The J&J vaccine has mainly been sent to smaller Mayo clinics outside La Crosse, such as Prairie du Chien and Sparta, because only one dose is required. 

“It’s really unknown if it’s secondary to the vaccine itself or if it’s occurring at a background rate of the population and we’re seeing it in people who would have otherwise been vaccinated but had it otherwise,” Morcomb told WIZM. “And it’s for that reason that the federal government has recommended that all vaccinations with J&J vaccines be halted at this point until they can look into it.”

J&J said it is delaying the rollout of its coronavirus vaccine in Europe amid a U.S. probe into rare blood clots.

The company announced the decision after regulators in the U.S. said they were recommending a “pause” in administering the single-dose shot to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

Hundreds of thousands of doses of the vaccine were due to be shipped to Europe in the coming weeks. The European Medicines Agency says it had already started reviewing the J&J vaccine to assess reports of blood clots in some recipients.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Vince

    April 13, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    Mayo didn’t have an option. The CDC and FDA both haulted the vaccine due to blood clots. This is what happens when things are rushed and not tested properly. This is exactly why nobody in their right mind trust these vaccines.

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