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Lamont: CDC Overreacted In Johnson & Johnson Pause Recommendation

Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont
Jessica Hill
Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has criticized the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for recommending a pause of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations.

Lamont said the CDC call for the pause is an overreaction considering the odds for the potential of blood-clotting. That’s been reported only six times in nearly 7 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine given.

“I would have handled it differently and I let them know that,” Lamont said.

He said the pause will make it harder for the state to convince vaccine-hesitant residents that COVID-19 shots are safe.

“We’ve had a lot of vaccines, a lot of people have gotten vaccinated. Now we are trying to get those that are a little more hesitant to get vaccinated and the CDC sent out a signal that was unhelpful,” Lamont said.

State officials said Pfizer and Moderna will provide Connecticut with more doses of their vaccines to help make up the difference.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.