Recently, there have been reports of blood clots occurring after receiving a Johnson & Johnson vaccination.
We know this type of information can be worrisome to some. Our mission and duty at the African American Coalition are to provide you with trusted, accurate, relevant, and timely information. We want to share some quick, important news that should alleviate your concerns or fears, especially regarding the vaccinations we provide.
First, we DO NOT USE the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you, a loved one, or someone you know has been to one of our vaccination events or you are scheduled for a second dose, then you can already cross that concern off your list.
Secondly, from a joint press release by the CDC and FDA, as of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. The CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. All six cases were in women aged 18 and 48, with symptoms appearing six to 13 days after vaccination.
In a Joint Media Call with the FDA & CDC “in these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia),” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, and Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
“Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare.”
As always, we want our community members to feel safe. We will continue to keep you updated on any news and information regarding the COVID vaccinations. For now, we hope that we have relieved any worries you may have had. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.