Today the Centers for Disease Control and the Food & Drug Administration has recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, citing concerning new studies which may link the vaccine to a rise in blood clots.
Until recently, though, Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine had been the preferred vaccine delivered to African American communities, according to multiple reports.
MTO News learned that health care providers viewed the J&J’s shot as a blessing, since it can be stored at refrigerator temperatures for months and takes just one dose — unlike Pfizer’s and Moderna’s.
The J&J vaccine was seen by health care providers as an important tool in getting lifesaving vaccines to hard-to-reach places that may not have reliable refrigeration, such as tribal lands, poorer neighborhoods as well as rural and border communities, officials told CNBC.
“Just because it is the easiest thing to do, it doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do,” Detroit resident Logan Patmon told CNBC.
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CNBC claimed of the J&J vaccine that that health care providers were "sending it to poorer ZIP codes in big cities and rural communities."
Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration announced that they were pausing the circulation of the J&J vaccine. The agencies also recommended that all health care providers stop giving the vaccine to patients.
According to the federal agencies, they are investigating unusual clots in six women that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.
The clots occurred in veins that drain blood from the brain and occurred together with low platelets. All six cases were in women between the ages of 18 and 48.
According to the agencies, these cases appear to be rare. More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects.
The CDC and FDA still recommend Americans continue to get the Covid vaccine. The agencies remain confident in the safety of all the other available Covid vaccines.