COVID-19 vaccination appointments are open and free of charge to all above the age of 16. Appointments are available at the Sangamon County Department of Public Health (SCDPH) website – scdph.org. The county operates a site at the fairgrounds with the Pfizer vaccine, which can be given to people age 16 and older. At its building on South Grand Avenue, the county is giving the Moderna vaccine, which is for those 18 and older. Across the country, Johnson & Johnson dosages have been put on hold. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested the pause as it reviewed data on blot clots it deemed "extremely rare" – reported in six women out of the nearly 7 million people in the U.S. to get a Johnson & Johnson vaccine. A CDC media briefing was planned for Wednesday, April 14. SCDPH director, Gail O'Neill, told NPR Illinois that while more than 2,000 Johnson & Johnson dosages had to be shelved, the department will have plenty of vaccines of the other varieties in the coming weeks for its planned clinics. Health care providers and pharmacies in Springfield are also offering vaccines. A spokesperson for Memorial said a clinic in Taylorville planned for April 14 and 16 had to be canceled due to the Johnson & Johnson pause, but otherwise, planned clinics would be able to utilize the other forms of the vaccine.

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