The CDC and FDA are recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to review blood clot cases. But what if you already got the J&J shot? During a joint media call, Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, explained what to look out for.
- I know there are people who have gotten the vaccine who are probably very concerned. For people who got the vaccine more than a month ago, the risk to them is very low at this time. For people who recently got the vaccine, within the last couple weeks, they should be aware to look for any symptoms. If you've received the vaccine and develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath, you should contact your health care provider and seek medical treatment.
Now, these symptoms are different from the mild flu-like symptoms, fever and so forth, that many people experience in the couple days after receipt of the vaccine. Importantly, there are three vaccines available, and we are not seeing these clotting events with low platelet counts with the other two vaccines.