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Vaccine Issues Force Cancelation of Kenosha Clinic; More COVID News

Apr. 12, 2021 8:15p; Updated 4-13 10:30a

(AP/WGTD)---A COVID vaccination clinic at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha was among those clinics canceled Tuesday because of problems with Johnson & Johnson's vaccine.

The U.S. is recommending a "pause" on using the single-dose vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. Agencies are investigating clots in six women in the days after their vaccinations in combination with reduced platelet counts.  

In the past 3 weeks, more than 700 people were given the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Kenosha Public Health at Grace Lutheran. Given the transient nature of the neighborhood's population, the one-dose vaccine was considered advantageous over the two-shot alternatives.  

Meawnhile, a new mass vaccination clinic--one that doesn't feature Johnson & Johnson--will be up and running in Kenosha County Saturday. It'll be held at Westosha Central High School in Paddock Lake from nine until three. Appointments are being taken online at Kenosha County's COVID response page. For the first time since it opened in mid-March, first doses will not be offered this week at the old Shopko building on 52nd St. That's due to a decrease in Kenosha County's vaccine allocation for the week. Second doses will still be administered at that clinic. Public health clinics and pharmacies in Racine and Walworth counties are continuing to take appointments. Over 2,600 doses were administered at the Regency Mall clinic in Racine last week.

In other COVID News:

A Kenosha City Council committee voted Monday night to put off a recommendation on whether to end the city's mask ordinance ahead of schedule. A special council meeting will be held instead on May 3rd. 

The number of COVID cases are continuing to rise. For example, in Racine County last week over 200 new cases were reported.

Both the Racine and Kenosha unified school districts have released new numbers on the percentage of students that are continuing to take advantage of remote learning options. In both districts, the data indicates that older students are more inclined to stay at home. Remote learning in Kenosha Unified ranges from 30% for kindergarten students to nearly 69% for seniors. In Racine Unified, the remote percentage at the grade school level is 31%. It rises to 51% for high school students.