On April 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration recommended a pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine after a small number of reports of a rare and severe type of blood clot in some recipients of the vaccine. On Chat Box this week, David Cruz talks with Dr. Chris Pernell, Chief Strategic Integration & Health Equity Officer at University Hospital in Newark about the vaccine pause and its effect on distribution and trust in vaccines, as well as vaccine equity and access.
Also on Chat Box, Sara Cullinane, director of Make the Road NJ, discusses the recent hunger strikes by undocumented immigrants to urge Gov. Phil Murphy to provide aid for immigrant essential workers in New Jersey and their families affected by the pandemic.
And with Sen. Loretta Weinberg, Jeff Tittel of the New Jersey Sierra Club and Hetty Rosenstein of the Communications Workers of America all announcing plans to retire this year, there’s a changing of the guard in Trenton. The three discuss the impact they’ve made on the Garden State and what issues they hope to see lawmakers continue to tackle.