Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Production Paused
Alexa Hernandez- La Rosa, Reporter
When the world needed a COVID vaccine the most, three companies stepped up to help. Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson have all manufactured and distributed COVID-19 Vaccines. As of Monday, April 12, the CDC and FDA have recommended a pause J&J vaccine.
J&J has distributed nearly seven million vaccines. According to the CDC reports, six people in the U.S have reported rare and severe blood clots.
Those who reported the blood clots were all women between the ages of 18 and 48. They didn’t feel any symptoms until six to 13 days after they had received the vaccines.
Since these discoveries, all three companies have been checked for similar occurrences. The CDC has reported that out of the 180 million doses administered from both Pfizer and Moderna, there have been no cases of rare or severe blood clotting. Those who have received the vaccine from those two companies have only reported the expected symptoms, such as muscle pain, headache, chills, and swelling.
It is recommended that those who experience symptoms of severe headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath seek medical attention right away.
While the J&J vaccine is further examined and tested, its distribution will be paused out of an abundance of caution. However, professionals speculate that it won’t stay off the market permanently.
One of the nation’s top infectious disease experts, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, "I think by that time we're going to have a decision. I don't want to get ahead of the CDC and the FDA, and the advisory committee. I would imagine that what we will see is it will come back, and it will come back in some sort of either warning or restriction.”
Blood clots are an infrequent side effect that those who have recently gotten the J&J vaccine should look out for. However, this should not discourage anyone from getting vaccinated. It’s essential to stay safe and stay healthy.
Information from: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/JJUpdate.html
Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine has had some infrequent and dangerous side effects.