Some students scramble to make new vaccine appointments after Johnson & Johnson pause

By Meredith Radford

Student volunteer and UNC senior Sydney Thomas applies a band-aid onto the arm of fellow student David Woodlief at the Carolina Student Vaccine Clinic. (Brandon Bieltz/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Student vaccinations will be a key factor in determining the success of UNC’s fall semester. However, it’s not clear how the vaccination rate might change because of issues with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. North Carolina and other states stopped administering the vaccine after some recipients reported lightheadedness. Then, federal health officials recommended pausing use of the J&J shot after six people developed a rare type of blood clot. UNC’s student vaccination clinic closed Tuesday but reopened Friday with Moderna vaccines.

Meredith Radford has more.

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