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Poll: Plurality say Johnson & Johnson halt has not changed view of vaccines

A plurality of voters said the halting of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine makes no difference in their level of concern for COVID-19 vaccines, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Forty-six percent of registered voters in the April 16-19 survey said the pause in rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine "makes no difference" for their concern about being vaccinated.

Meanwhile, 40 percent of respondents said the halt makes them more concerned and 13 percent said it makes them less concerned.

A majority of independent voters, 52 percent, said the pause makes no difference in their concern about being vaccinated.

Forty-two percent of Democrats said it made them more concerned, while 41 percent said it makes no difference.

Forty-six percent of Republican voters said the halt does not interfere with their level of concern about the vaccine compared to 42 percent who said it made them more concerned.

After halting the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine following six reports of blood clots, experts are expected to meet this Friday to decide on the path forward.

Europe's drug regulator said Tuesday that a possible link between the vaccines and blood clotting could exist, but said the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 2,881 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 1.83 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte