The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it is restricting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for Covid to adults who refuse to be vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna because of “personal concerns“, As well as those who can not inject with these last two vaccines for medical reasons or limited access. The FDA said it made the decision because of the risks of serious thrombosis (blood clots) associated with the vaccine.NO WORD“.
For the same reason, the country’s main public health service, the CDC, had already recommended in December that Americans be vaccinated against Covid-19 with Pfizer and Moderna, instead of Johnson & Johnson. These three vaccines are the only ones approved in the country. The restriction is now an integral part of his vaccine emergency license. “NO WORD“.
Cases of thrombosis
The FDA has identified 60 confirmed cases of thrombosis in the United States, including nine deaths. Just under 19 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been given in the country, or about 3% of the total doses injected. The frequency of these clots is therefore 3.23 per million doses administered, the US agency reports in detail. However, “Recognize that Janssen vaccine for Covid continues to play a role in tackling the current pandemicSaid Peter Marks, an FDA official, in a press release.
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The body described three examples of people who can still get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine: people who are at risk for severe allergic reactions (anaphylactic shock) to a messenger RNA vaccine injection, such as Pfizer and Moderna. People with limited access to vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna due to availability problems. And finally, individualshaving personal concerns about receiving an mRNA vaccineand who would otherwise be left unvaccinated.
Messenger RNA technology, which was never widely used before the Covid-19 vaccine, has been the target of many conspiracy theories, although it has proven to be very safe. A rare risk of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) has been identified after Pfizer or Moderna injections, especially in young male adolescents, but the vast majority of cases are not severe, with short hospital stays. The FDA said it would continue to closely monitor data on all vaccines. “Our action reflects the strength of our surveillance system and our commitment to ensuring that we follow science and data in our decisions.said Peter Marks.
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