Michigan resumes use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Vaccine recommended for people age 18 and older

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Panel voted to lift the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause and recommended its use in those age 18 and older.

DEARBORN, Mich. – For the first time in weeks, Michigan saw a drop in its average weekly coronavirus case count.

Despite that, Michigan is still leading the nation.

April 24, 2021: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 819,320; Death toll now at 17,289

As of Saturday, 47% of Michiganders have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Vaccination efforts are ramping up with several states resuming the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine -- Michigan included.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is recommending vaccine providers across the state to start using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine again to Michiganders 18 and older.

READ: US lifts pause, allowing Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations to resume

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine’s green light comes 10 days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended to pause use of the vaccine on April 13.

Health experts wanted to conduct a safety review after some users developed a rare blood clot disorder.

The FDA and CDC gave the OK Friday on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine’s use.

In Dearborn, people continued with their Moderna vaccinations -- many getting their second shot.

“I was skeptical, but then there were so many people I know got it that didn’t have any issues,” said Thomas Anderson.

“I’m a heart patient and I think everybody with underlining ailments should get it,” said Ricky Lawrence. “I really do.”

A spokesperson for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said city leaders will evaluate the decision to use Johnson & Johnson again and find an “appropriate way to offer a Johnson & Johnson vaccine option.”

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