CVS and Walgreens are pausing use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration recommended pausing use of the vaccine.
Six cases of a "rare and severe" type of blood clot were reported among more than 6.8 million doses of the vaccine administered in the United States.
All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination, according to a joint statement on Tuesday from Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC and Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
"We can confirm we’re pausing the administration of all J&J vaccines immediately, will share more details soon,” Walgreens spokesperson Rebekah Pajak tells CNN.
“We are immediately implementing a pause in the use of the Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine per the recommendation from federal health agencies,” CVS spokesperson Ethan Slavin tells CNN.