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Idaho Doctors Address What's Next With J&J Vaccine On Pause

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Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended “pausing” distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Johnson and Johnson as the agency investigates unusual blood clots in six women who had the shot. One woman died. More than seven million doses of that vaccine have been given in the United States, and more than 30,000 in Idaho according to state Health and Welfare. Our panel of medical experts answers your questions about this pause, its impact on vaccine hesitancy and COVID-19.

"I don't think people should be concerned about this pause. I think they should see this as evidence of the system working." -Dr. David Pate

Today's guests: 

  • Dr. David Pate, former CEO of St. Luke's Health System and a member of the governor's coronavirus task force
  • Dr. Sky Blue, St. Luke's Infectious Disease Physician
  • Dr. Scott Milner, St. Luke's Pharmacy Senior Director 

Have a question about COVID-19? Email idahomatters@boisestate.edu, or send us a voice memo and we may use your question during a future show.

Samantha Wright is a news reporter and producer for Idaho Matters.
Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.