Johnson & Johnson vaccine vials against the COVID-19 coronavirus are seen on February 18, 2021. (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 12:40 PM PT – Saturday, April 10, 2021
The state of Georgia is halting the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, citing several concerns over negative reactions.
On Friday, the Georgia Health Department announced they paused all distribution of the vaccine after eight people experienced “adverse reactions.”
SAVANNAH, GA – DECEMBER 15: Tammi Brown, center, Chatham County Health Department nurse manager, applauded after receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from R.N. Nancy Toth outside of the Chatham County Health Department on December 15, 2020 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Health officials said a few people experienced dizziness and fainting, although they added it may have been caused by the hot weather.
Georgia is now among three states halting Johnson & Johnson vaccines at sites, including Colorado and North Carolina.
“The one in North Carolina was a drive thru, it was similar circumstances where it’s a warm day,” Dave Palmer of the Georgia Department of Health said. “So, we just wanted to make sure that, you know, we didn’t have anything going on.”
It is unclear when the state will be cleared to resume Johnson & Johnson vaccinations. However, health officials said there is no reason to believe there is anything wrong with the vaccine itself.