No Cases Of ‘Exceedingly Rare’ Blood Clots From Johnson & Johnson Vaccine In MN, But Providers Asked To Pause Doses

U.S. officials have hit pause on giving people the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine, Caroline Cummings reports (2:18). WCCO 4 News At 6 - April 13, 2021

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- US officials have hit pause on giving people the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine.

- They're waiting as medical researchers are investigating a rare blood clot. Nearly 7 million people have received the single-shot dose. There are six known cases of severe blood clots in women. Officials say the pause is out of an abundance of caution. Our Caroline Cummings explains what this means if you've received the vaccine and why state health leaders say, don't panic.

- We do appreciate the thoroughness of this process. This is the way that this process is supposed to work.

CAROLINE CUMMINGS: Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says there are no known people in Minnesota who have had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that experienced the severe and rare blood-clot side effect. Just 180,000 Minnesotans have had the one-and-done vaccine out of more than 3.4 million total shots administered here. She says she expects more information in a matter of days.

JAN MALCOLM: I think there's a strong desire to make sure we understand as much as we can about who might be at risk for these exceedingly rare side effects so that people know what to watch out for and health-care providers know how to respond.

CAROLINE CUMMINGS: So what does exceedingly rare really mean? The CDC and FDA will evaluate six cases of the blood clots in women ages 18 to 48 out of 6.8 million people who have had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. To put that into perspective, that's a fraction of 1% of the total J&J doses, a risk that's less than one in a million. Still, Malcolm says, if Johnson & Johnson was your shot, monitor how you feel in the coming weeks.

JAN MALCOLM: Any Minnesotans who've had the J&J vaccine, if you experience symptoms including severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks of getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, we want you to check it out with your health care provider.

CAROLINE CUMMINGS: If you were supposed to get a J&J shot this week, Malcolm says, stand by for more information.

JAN MALCOLM: If you are scheduled for a J&J vaccination opportunity, you will hear something from that vaccine provider.

CAROLINE CUMMINGS: Caroline Cummings, WCCO 4 News.

- Minnesota was expecting to get 9,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week.