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Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause; National Gardening Day; Jumbo Shrimp; WNBA Draft

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, shown here in a hospital in Denver.

The CDC and the FDA recommended “a pause” in the usage of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to reports of rare blood clotting. However, public officials are still urging citizens to continue getting vaccinated with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

Mia Jones, CEO at Agape Family Health; AndDr. Sunil Joshi, president of the Duval County Medical Society Foundation, joined us with the latest on vaccine roll out information.

National Gardening Day

Wednesday is National Gardening Day. In celebration, and for some tips and inspiration, we spoke with local corporate chef Steve Stallone, who started a garden last year when the pandemic began.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’s New Season

Opening day for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimpis May 4.

Now a Triple-A team, the Shrimp have big plans for the upcoming season. Jumbo Shrimp Media & Public Relations Manager Scott Kornberg  joined us with with a look the season, giveaways and more.


Rennia Davis  is expected to be selected in the top five of Thursday night’s WNBA Draft. If that happens, she would be the league’s second player drafted from Jacksonville. First Coast News’ Sports Director Chris Porter joined us with more. 

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Michael Gonzalez is joining WJCT News as a spring intern from Jacksonville University.