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Kentucky Temporarily Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Crystal Staley or Sebastian Kitchen
Office of the Governor
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 13, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, advised all Kentucky vaccine providers to temporarily pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.

Early this morning, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the pause after extremely rare blood clotting conditions developed in six Americans who received the J&J COVID-19 vaccine, out of 6.8 million total Americans who have received it.

“Everyone should still get one of the other two COVID-19 vaccines during this pause. We cannot let this slow us down. The United States is going to get about 1.85 million more doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines this week. We should be able to make up any loss of appointments,” Gov. Beshear said. “Stay calm – it looks like the risk here from the J&J vaccine is very, very small versus the really significant risk of being harmed by COVID.”

During a media briefing Tuesday morning, Gov. Beshear said the president’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky indicated the chance of developing blood clots after the J&J vaccine was less than 1 in 1 million. In contrast, 1 in 558 Americans has died of COVID-19 in just over 13 months.

The Governor reported 1,586,411 Kentuckians have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose so far. Yesterday, the Governor reported that vaccination data would update over the next two to three days after the state’s reporting system completed a security upgrade.

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 799
New deaths today: 3
New audit deaths: 1
Positivity rate: 3.20%
Total deaths: 6,261
Currently hospitalized: 405
Currently in ICU: 96
Currently on ventilator: 53

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Warren and Kenton. Each county reported at least 30 new cases.

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit