What happened to the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine?


The Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine has been paused. What happened?

Seven million people got the Johnson & Johnson shot, and six of them developed a rare blood clotting disorder. In an abundance of caution, the CDC has temporarily halted the shot’s availability while these six cases are investigated.

If you got the J & J shot, don’t worry.

If you took the J & J vaccine over a month ago, your odds of developing the complications are extremely low – even lower than 6 in 7 million, a risk so low it’s practically nonexistent, and you’re overwhelmingly likely to be perfectly fine. 

If you got the J & J shot sometime in the last few weeks, keep an eye out for these symptoms:

If you received the J & J vaccine more recently, you’re still extremely unlikely to have the condition. But seek treatment if you develop:

  • a severe headache
  • abdominal pain
  • leg pain
  • shortness of breath
  • any other concerning health problems

Those without a medical provider can call 211 to get connected with healthcare.

Remember: you are still more likely to experience complications from COVID-19 than from the vaccine.

And if you haven’t gotten one yet, you can greatly reduce that likelihood of contracting COVID-19 by getting vaccinated. The two-shot Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are still widely available to all 16+ Californians. 

CDC Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Updates

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold its second emergency meeting to discuss the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine on April 23, 2021. More information and updates will be available here.

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