The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hit the pause button for injections of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine after 6 women developed a rare blood clotting disease.
From the New York Times:
All six were women between the ages of 18 and 48 and all developed the illness within one to three weeks of vaccination. One woman died and a second woman in Nebraska has been hospitalized in critical condition.
As of Monday, nearly seven million people in the United States have received Johnson & Johnson shots so far without any other serious adverse reactions reported, and roughly nine million more doses have been shipped out to the states, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
At this point, there’s no hard evidence there’s a connection between the blood clotting and the J&J vaccine.
With 6 patients out of nearly 7 million vaccinated with the vaccine, experts point out the odds of getting COVID-19 are far greater.
But, the development is sure to cause even more vaccine hesitancy in those who were already unsure about getting vaccinated.
There are no reports that the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines – which are based on a different scientific approach – have been connected to similar blood clotting.
How worried should you be about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and blood clots?
Experts have yet to determine to what extent, if any, the vaccine is related to an extremely rare clotting disorder, and said for most people, the benefits outweigh the risks. https://t.co/Es6o7pJFhZ
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 13, 2021
Just 6 out of 7 million got blood clots from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
316 people are shot in the U.S. every single day, 106 of them dying
By that logic, shouldn’t we halt guns, too?
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) April 13, 2021
Today, Dr. Fauci made a wonderful point on vaccine safety for those still hesitant:
The fact that the FDA and CDC decided to pause the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after ONLY 6 out of 6.8 million doses raised concern, it's proof of how stringent they are on overall vaccine safety.
— Jake Lobin (@JakeLobin) April 13, 2021
If you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you apparently have less than one in a million chance of developing blood clots, and even then they're unlikely to be fatal.
Meanwhile, COVID has killed about one out of every five hundred Americans.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) April 13, 2021
Car crashes kill 124 people per 1M every year, yet we give licenses to any teen with a pulse.
154 in a million people go to the ER for Tylenol ODs every year, yet that's OTC!
And yet we're halting the J&J vax because 6 in 6.8 million got a blood clot?https://t.co/dRrIQdgjVp
— Tiana Lowe (@TianaTheFirst) April 13, 2021