Gov. Baker said Johnson & Johnson vaccine vials make up only a small percentage of doses being sent to Massachusetts, so yesterday's federal announcement of a halt in its use won't significantly delay vaccinations here.
At a press conference this morning, Baker said the state still plans to open registration for shot appointments to everybody in the state over 16 on Monday. He estimated that it is currently taking roughly two to three weeks for somebody who is eligible to get an appointment.
Baker said that this week, the state got 340,000 doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for this week, but just 11,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, so he's expecting "minimal disruptions to scheduling new appointments."
He added that none of the six blood-clot cases reported in women who'd gotten a Johnson & Johnson shot - among nearly 7 million people who have received the vaccine - were in Massachusetts. Still, he said if anybody who's gotten one of the shots recently experiences symptoms that can include serious abdominal or leg pain or headaches - rather than the more normal flu-like symptoms - should contact their health-care provider immediately.