Why was the Johnson & Johnson vaccine discontinued and should I be concerned? – Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials
Q: I received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine – why was it on hiatus and should I be concerned?
A: The FDA recommended resume the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine after a break to review it after a small number of patients in the United States developed a blood clot cloudy after receiving it.
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By the time of the hiatus, 8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had been administered in the United States, so although the reaction was extremely rare, federal health agencies made the decision to suspend the vaccine out of caution while by continuing research. was done.
All cases occurred in women aged 18 to 59 and symptoms occurred six to 15 days after vaccination.
These reactions appear to be extremely rare, affecting a small percentage of the 8 million people who have received the vaccine. The federal government and medical experts reviewed and analyzed the data before providing the recommendation that it is safe to resume the vaccine and that serious side effects are rare.
So what should you do if you have already received the Johnson & Johnson shot or are planning to do so?
Watch for headaches, stomach aches, leg pain or shortness of breath two to three weeks after getting the vaccine. If you experience any of these reactions, call your healthcare professional immediately.
– General pediatrician, Michelle Medina, MD.