Last updated on May 12, 2021. We will continue to update this post as there is a lot of information available.
On April 13, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended discontinue use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine due to six reported U.S. cases in a Rare and severe blood type in combination with low blood platelet levels in individuals after receiving vaccination.
The reason for the cessation was to give health experts a chance to further investigate the reports and warn health providers and the general public about what was happening.
As much information is available, health experts determine two things: The risk appears to be more significant, and the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks overall.
Here’s what we know so far.
What is the Danger?
The combination of blood clots with short platelets (known thrombosis with thrombocytopenia or TTS) has been reported after a serious phase of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. It is too appears to be even more remarkable.
Of the nearly nine million people who have received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., 29 people have experienced the condition to date, mostly women aged 18-49 years. One of the cases occurred during a clinical trial before consent. Wait, three women died.
The danger of TTS different in age and sex, but the most recent estimates from:
- 4.7–12.4 per 1 million with women aged 18-49 years
- 1.3-2.8 per 1 million for men aged 18-49 years
- 1.3-2.7 per 1 million for men and women aged 50-64 years
- <1 in 1 million for men and women 65+ years
For reference, health experts expectation almost 0.7-1.6 out of 1 million people will experience clots with low platelet count, regardless of vaccination.
Blood clots can be caused for many reasons – including due to COVID-19 – but these rare cases can be tricky because they require a variety of different treatments. Usually, heparin is given to people who have experienced bleeding, but that can be dangerous in people who have these clots along with low levels of blood platelets. For this reason, both the FDA and CDC, along with partners nationwide, are working to alert healthcare providers about this treatment difference and remind them to report any adverse events after vaccination. VAERS and / or V-SAFE.
It should be seen that currently there is no concern about its adverse effects on people receiving Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines..
How Do These Risks Compare to COVID-19?
While these clots can be very serious, so can COVID-19. More than 550,000 people have died in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic. Many more are hospitalized or have chronic health issues.
Individuals who are at greater risk for rare hemorrhage with short platelets after vaccination-that is, women 18-49 years of age-are not as likely to be hospitalized or die. from COVID-19. But they did making the most of the new COVID-19 cases now then.
When health experts at the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) examined the data, they found that even among those likely to experience this condition after being vaccinated, the benefits of protecting themselves from COVID-19 may even more of the risks associated with the vaccine.
That said, if you have a choice of which COVID vaccine to get and you’re not sure where to get it, the doctor can help you better understand what the risks and benefits of each vaccine are for you personally.
What Should You Do If You Receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine?
If you received the J&J COVID-19 vaccine for the last three weeks, please contact your healthcare provider or request medical attention if you have:
- Severe headache (especially starting 6+ days after vaccination)
- Back pain
- New neurologic symptoms
- Severe abdominal pain
- Foot pain or swelling
- Small red spots on the skin
- New or fast-growing
- Shortness of breath
Please note that you usually experience mild to moderate flu -like symptoms, including fever, headache, fatigue and joint / muscle pain, in the first week after receiving any COVID-19 vaccine. These common side effects usually start within three days of getting a vaccine and last only a few days.
Everyone who receives COVID -19 vaccine – any COVID vaccine – must register V -Safe – After Vaccination by CDC Health.
The Bottom Line…
This is a sign that the vaccine safety monitoring system is well underway. It found a strange, serious misfortune. It is only with the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine, not the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
The FDA and CDC are moving quickly to save lives. Vaccination Your Family will continue to share information about this condition as it develops.
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