The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control are “recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine out of an abundance of caution.“ They are worried about a possible link between the shot and blood clots. After the press conference about the move- here's what we've learned:
- At the news conference this morning, they reiterated there are only 6 cases of blood clots in 7 million vaccinations. They said they are committed to safety and transparency, and the pause gives them time to further study the immune response. So sites are being shut down today. For people who got the J&J vaccine a month ago, risk is extremely low. On an individual basis, a doctor and a patient can determine if they proceed with the vaccine. They can’t commit to how long the vaccine will be suspended, but they will continue to give the public regular updates. They are not seeing any clotting effects from the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
The 6 people who saw complications with blood clots were all women between the ages of 18-48 and got the symptoms 6-13 days after receiving the vaccine. It was also reported they couldn't be treated the normal way with blood thinners and other treatments were recommended
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