[Writer Disclaimer: I got the J&J vaccine exactly one month ago and I feel absolutely fine]
People who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the last few weeks shouldn’t be nervous, federal officials said late on Tuesday, despite the nationwide pause on administering the shots after six reports of a rare type of blood clot. But they should keep an eye out for possible warning signs.
All six of the women developed a type of clot called a cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, or CVST, a blood clot in the vessels that drain blood from the brain, combined with low levels of blood platelets, or thrombocytopenia, according to the FDA and the CDC.The six cases were in women ages 18 to 48 who developed symptoms six to 13 days after receiving the shots. One died, and another patient is in critical condition, Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Tuesday.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a separate White House briefing later Tuesday that for anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than a month ago and not experiencing any symptoms, there is little reason to feel anxious.
Every article about J&J should include the sentence “There have been more Air Bud movies than people harmed by the Johnson & Johnson vaccine”
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) April 13, 2021
However, if your J&J vaccine was more recent, say in the last few weeks, you may want to pay more attention to your body if you should experience any of the following symptoms:
- severe headache
- abdominal pain
- leg pain
- shortness of breath
Chest discomfort or neurological signs, which can include visual changes, are also possible symptoms, he said. But don’t let this turn you into a hypochondriac. “Don’t get an anxiety reaction, because remember it’s less than one in a million,” Fauci said. “However, having said that, pay attention.”
We ban the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because 6 people out of 6.8 million got blood clots? Let’s talk about what guns do…
— Andrea Junker (@Strandjunker) April 13, 2021
People who have received the shot recently who experience any of the symptoms should contact their health care provider, officials said.
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
You can hear the good doctor’s Brooklyn-tinged words for yourself, below.