People who have received the dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine should not be afraid; remark federal officials, even after six cases of a blood clot have emerged to the surface. The aforementioned cases were observed in women that fall under the 18–48-year category, who started showing symptoms just a week after taking their first shot. According to the Food and Drug Administration and Centre for Disease and Control, one of these women died whereas the other is still struggling to survive in the hospital.
The data provided by the CDC suggests that all these women developed a rare kind of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis; one that drains the blood from the brain and ultimately results in a low platelet count amongst the individuals. Despite the strength of these cases, the CDC has stated that other takers of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine have no reason to worry until and unless they start to experience a plethora of unusual symptoms.
For those who have taken a dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in the last month, there is “little reason to feel anxious” as stated by Dr. Anthony Faucci in a White House meeting on Tuesday. His views were supported by Schuchat who said that the risk for such people is “very low at this time.” On the contrary, individuals who have gotten the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in the last couple of weeks must be vigilant enough to monitor their symptoms.
Although a few side effects of the vaccine are normal, if an individual experiences bouts of severe head pain coupled with persistent pain in the legs and shortness of breath; they must rush to the hospital immediately. In his meeting, Fauci told the public to not get anxious but instead, exercise caution to the type of symptoms that arise on the onset of the vaccine shot.
The clots that seem to have arisen from taking the Johnson and Johnson vaccine are incredibly rare: Out of 7 million people who have been administered with this vaccine, only six blood clot cases have emerged. It is important to note that even though these blood clot cases have been reported in young women, there seems to be no connection to birth control, said Dr. Peter Marks on Tuesday.
According to Dr. Seth Treuger, a professor of medicine at Northwestern University; a blinding headache should trigger concern amongst receivers of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. People who have blood clots most usually complain of an “unrelenting headache”, declared Dr. Ali Raja, a professor at the Harvard Medical School.
Hence, if receivers of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine experience an unusually painful headache, they must rush to the ER right away. As of right now, there have been no blood clot cases reported in individuals who took other vaccines including Pfizer and Moderna.