J&J pause stoked hesitancy that threatens vaccination drive

Many people who live in rural and other areas canceled appointments during the temporary pause last month, and many of them haven’t rescheduled, vaccination sites said. Meantime, some people hesitant to get inoculated told pollsters after the J&J halt they were less likely to take a shot...

“There is a portion of the population that because of the pause, that’s the straw that broke the camel’s back, they’re not going to get vaccinated. They just evaporated,” said Paul Shelton, executive vice president of pharmacy at AdhereHealth LLC, a health-technology company that has been operating sites in more hesitant and hard-to-reach populations...

Vibrant Health, which operates in the Kansas City area, recruited 75 people before the pause to take J&J’s shot at a local church, said Chief Executive Patrick Sallee. “The convenience of the J&J shot was swinging people from being indecisive or skeptical into taking it,” he said.

When the J&J pause hit, Vibrant told the registered people it would give them Moderna’s vaccine, but most canceled, Mr. Sallee said. He said 14 of the 75 ultimately decided to get vaccinated.