FDA And CDC Recommends Delaying Use Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Blood clots launch investigation over J&J vaccine The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine is under investigation following the reports of rare (potentially dangerous) blood clots with leading pharmaceutical...


Blood clots launch investigation over J&J vaccine

The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine is under investigation following the reports of rare (potentially dangerous) blood clots with leading pharmaceutical authorities recommending a delay in use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a joint statement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to “pause” the use of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine as they review the data of six cases of a severe and rare type of blood clot shortly after receiving the vaccine.

The six cases occurred among women patients between the ages of 18 and 48 with symptoms occurring 6 to 13 days after vaccination. These occurrences appear to be “extremely rare” while advising recipients of the J&J vaccine who experience symptoms including shortness of breath, severe headache, leg pain, or abdominal pain within three weeks of receiving the vaccine should contact their health care provider.

The White House will also be intervening in the growing issue with the J&J vaccine with the White House COVID-19 coordinator, Jeff Zients, working with federal and state partners to reschedule J&J vaccine patients to receive a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Johnson & Johnson disclosed in a statement they are aware of an extremely rare disorder including people with blood clots combined with low platelets in a small group of vaccine recipients.

J&J maintains they’re working closely with health authorities and medical experts while supporting the open communication of this information to the public and health care professionals. J&J will also be reviewing potential cases with European health authorities and committed to proactively delay the rollout of the vaccine in Europe.

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is also experiencing similar concerns over rare blood clots with vaccines administered through the U.K., European Union (EU), and many other countries. Last week, the EU drug regulator said the benefits of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine outweigh its risks.

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