Livonia vaccination appointments canceled for Friday, April 16

US pause of Johnson & Johnson vaccine affects Metro Detroit vaccination plans

Vaccines will be administered by appointment only at the Livonia Civic Park Senior Center. The building is located at 15218 Farmington Road in Livonia. (Frank Augstein, 2020 Getty Images)

LIVONIA, Mich. – The Vaccinate Livonia program, the City of Livonia’s effort to administer COVID-19 vaccines to residents, announced additional appointments for Friday, April 16 -- but those appointments have been canceled as of Tuesday morning.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement Tuesday recommending the country to pause all use of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines “out of an abundance of caution” after six recipients developed an extremely rare blood clot disorder. The city of Livonia intended to administer J&J vaccines on April 16.

“Vaccinate Livonia appointments scheduled for Friday, April 16, are canceled due to supply shortages created in our region by the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause,” city officials said in a statement Tuesday. Those with appointments for this day will be contacted by email with information about vaccination and scheduling opportunities.”

Vaccines will be administered as scheduled to individuals with appointments at the Livonia Senior Center on Wednesday, April 14.

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The city continues to reserve select appointments for anyone 50 or older since certain age groups are more vulnerable to the virus.

Nearly half of all Livonia’s firefighters have participated in administering vaccinations as part of the program, which has administered more than 13,000 doses to date, according to Josh Sabo, Director of Community Resources for the City of Livonia.

“The Vaccinate Livonia program has proudly administered more than 13,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Livonia residents,” said Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan. “We encourage all eligible Livonia residents to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with any of the three safe and effective vaccines now available.”

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