#Roommates, as more Americans push plans to get full vaccination against COVID-19, many were alarmed when the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was recently discontinued because of alarming cases of blood clots – but there may be a return. The Centers for Disease Control recently decided to recommend reinstating the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for use, and the FDA is also planning to make users aware of its side effects.
@ CNN reports, Centers for Disease Control’s vaccine advisors voted earlier today to recommend the official resumption of use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. The distribution of votes consisted of 10 CDC advisors who were in favor of the recommendation, four opponents who were against and one adviser who abstained. The CDC advisors agreed in their recommendation vote that the benefits of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine outweigh the risks, despite the severe blood clots previously associated with it. In response, an updated US Food and Drug Administration warning label will be added to the vaccine, stating that women under the age of 50 should be aware of the risk of a rare blood clotting syndrome associated with the vaccine.
Members of the CDC committee reportedly feared that the decision to permanently remove any of the three available COVID-19 vaccines would significantly slow down efforts to vaccinate all Americans. In addition, the recommendation was also influenced by the fact that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is preferred by many who do not want to take a second dose because the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one shot. After the consultants have voted, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky will sign ACIP’s recommendation and the FDA will prepare an amended emergency approval for the vaccine.
Previously, Johnson & Johnson reportedly approved the new FDA warning label recognizing the risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). According to the CDC, there have been 15 cases of severe blood clots, all in women, of which 13 occurred in women under the age of 50. Unfortunately, three of these women died.
As we previously reported, the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine was halted on April 13th and health officials were working behind the scenes to get it back on as soon as possible.
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