J&J Vaccine Stopped Due To Blood Clots: Newest COVID Updates, Information
States began phasing out Johnson & Johnson’s one-off vaccine Tuesday after federal health officials recommended a “caution” hiatus over rare but dangerous blood clots.
California, New York, Ohio, Illinois, and Florida were among more than a dozen states that followed orders from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention almost immediately.
Jeff Zients, White House COVID-19 response coordinator, said the hiatus had little impact on vaccine availability. The US will have enough Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for 300 million Americans by the end of July, he said.
“We are prepared for a variety of scenarios,” said Zients at a briefing in the White House. “We have enough supplies to continue our vaccination program and achieve our goals.”
More than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the US CDC, and the FDA is reviewing data that has received six reported US cases of a rare and serious type of blood clot – cerebral venous sinus thrombosis – in people of the J&J vaccine, the statement said. All six cases were in women between 18 and 48 years of age, and symptoms appeared six to 13 days after vaccination.
One of the six patients died and another was in critical condition. FDA chief Janet Woodcock said no definitive cause has been established, but it appears to be an extremely rare immune response. Officials said that such clots are treated differently from other clots and that improper treatment could result in death.
The CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Wednesday to further review the cases and assess their potential relevance.
The hiatus is an example of a “double-edged sword in public health interventions,” said Ogbonnaya Omenka, associate professor and public health specialist at Butler University in Indianapolis.
“The decision is an indication of the vigilance and speed of action, both of which are required to effectively address public health threats,” he told USA TODAY. “At the same time, there is a risk that the decision will feed into the pre-existing hesitation of the vaccine. … Nevertheless, this step is in the public interest as it is the duty of the authorities involved to be safe, rather than sorry.
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Youth Sports Related to the Michigan Surge
Michigan hospital admissions hit 3,953 Monday, outpacing the state’s November / December surge. Outbreaks among teenage athletes and those associated with K-12 schools are among the top causes of coronavirus infections in the state, according to health officials. This week, the state reported 312 persistent or new school outbreaks, including infections related to classrooms, after-school activities, and sports.
“While they may not get it straight from the sporting event, there are a lot of things that go with the sport,” said Dr. Matthew Sims, director of infectious disease research at Beaumont Health. “Lots of people go in to watch. There’s the celebration after where people gather.”
– Kristen Jordan Shamus and Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press
Got a donut in one push? Freebies combat vaccine hesitation
Are you hesitating to get a COVID vaccine? Would a free donut or Amazon gift card change your mind? When Krispy Kreme recently offered free donuts to vaccinated Americans, it was a backlash from critics who said the marketing efforts could help alleviate the pandemic but would also contribute to the obesity epidemic. Still, don’t be surprised if other companies and local and state governments offer even more substantial incentives, such as gift cards, to people who might otherwise resist the gunshots.
“It will depend on the company, but in general it can be a positive thing,” said Bunny Ellerin, director of the health care and pharmaceutical management program at Columbia Business School, of the freebies. “It’s positive reinforcement.”
– Nathan Bomey
Oregon fined Twisted River Saloon in Springfield $ 18,000
A sedan in Oregon was fined more than $ 18,000 Monday for “violating three standards” to protect employees from COVID-19.
The US $ 18,430 fine was imposed on the Twisted River Saloon in Springfield, which “deliberately continued to expose workers to the virus,” from around January 4 to February 26, according to Oregon Occupational Safety indoor dining and health administration.
At the time, Lane County was classified as “extreme risk” for the transmission of COVID-19 and indoor eating should not have any capacity.
During an inspection, owner James Butt said he had decided to reopen the salon despite knowing that doing so would violate workplace health requirements, the press release said.
– Louis Krauss, register keeper
Michigan will likely not receive additional vaccines to combat the surge, according to the CDC
The federal government is reluctant to ship additional vaccine supplies to Michigan to combat the state’s sharp surge in certain cases, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky noted that it takes two to six weeks from the time the vaccine is given before the effects can be seen.
“When you have an acute situation, an extraordinary number of cases like in Michigan, the answer is not necessarily to give a vaccine, but rather to really close things up,” Walensky said at a COVID response meeting at the White House. “If we tried to vaccinate our way out of what’s going on in Michigan, we’d be disappointed that it took so long for the vaccine to work and actually have an effect.”
Andy Slavitt, the White House senior COVID advisor, said the vaccine supply shift “Playing whac-a-mole is not the strategy public health leaders and scientists have set out”.
Contributor: The Associated Press