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Stateside: Pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccines; poet Tommye Blount; Rep. Dan Kildee on PTSD

Apr 13, 2021

The FDA has put a pause on the distrubution of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine after an incredibly rare side effect was discovered.

Today on Stateside, Michigan is hitting the pause button on the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after evidence of a serious, but incredibly rare, side effect emerged. We dive into what that means for Michiganders. Plus, a conversation with Congressman Dan Kildee about seeking treatment for PTSD symptoms he experienced following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. And a conversation with poet Tommye Blount, whose new collection grapples with the nuances of being Black and queer in Detroit. 

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Why Michigan is hitting pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccines

Poet Tommye Blount's new book mines the nuance of queer Black life in Detroit and beyond

  • Tommye Blount is a poet and author of Fantasia for the Man in Blue, which was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award in poetry. 

Rep. Kildee opens up about seeking help for PTSD after Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection

  • U.S. Representative Dan Kildee is a Democrat from Flint Township (MI-5).

Johnson and Johnson vaccines are paused in Michigan. So, what’s next?

  • Emily Toth Martin is an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School Public Health.