Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Concerns
CDC and FDA have recommended a pause after one in a million issues with blood clotting.
CNN (“CDC and FDA recommend US pause use of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine over blood clot concerns“):
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration are recommending that the United States pause the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine over six reported US cases of a “rare and severe” type of blood clot.
The six reported cases were among more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered in the United States. All six cases occurred among women ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination, according to a joint statement on Tuesday from Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC and Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.”
CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday to further review these cases and assess their potential significance,” the statement said. “FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases. Until that process is complete, we are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution. This is important, in part, to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for these adverse events and can plan for proper recognition and management due to the unique treatment required with this type of blood clot.”
NBC (“Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be paused in U.S. after ‘extremely rare’ blood clots, FDA and CDC say“) adds:
In a statement, Johnson & Johnson said it was aware that blood clots had been reported with some Covid-19 vaccines, but that “no clear causal relationship has been established between these rare events” and its shot.
“We continue to work closely with experts and regulators to assess the data and support the open communication of this information to healthcare professionals and the public,” it said.
I’m not a medical doctor but, honestly, 6 incidents out of 6.8 million doses strikes me as an acceptable risk. If anything, the obvious recommendation would be for women to seek alternative vaccines.