FDA Restricts Johnson & Johnson Vaccine; New York City does not rule out return of mask mandates

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — Concerns are mounting as new data shows hospitalizations and deaths from COVID higher for the first time in months.

The limits now placed on Johnson & Johnson are seen as good news for companies like Pfizer and Moderna.

The FDA said Thursday that the one-time Johnson & Johnson vaccine should only be given to those who do not have access to the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or request only the J&J injection.

The recommendation came after reports of rare but life-threatening blood clots that appeared in the days or weeks after some received the Johnson & Johnson shot.

Just days after New York City moved to the average COVID alert level, the health commissioner says the city is not ruling out the return of indoor mask mandates.

“Right now, it’s time, now that we’ve moved into medium risk, where we really encourage New Yorkers to take more additional steps and use the myriad of tools we have to manage their own risks, as well as mitigate the risks.” from the people around them,” said Dr. Ashwin Vasan, NYC Health Commissioner. “We are also looking at our policies and seeing when we might want to bring back citywide policies, but now is not the time.”

The area is seeing some of the highest COVID rates in months.

Right now, New Jersey has an alarming positivity rate of 13.41, with rates rising across the Tri-State.

New York reached more than 10,000 cases a day for the first time in months, but that doesn’t include the many who test positive at home.

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