I got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. What now?
No panic. U.S. health officials on Tuesday recommended stopping vaccinations with J & J’s shot as they investigate reports of six blood clots from nearly 7 million doses administered in the country.
Health officials say to be vigilant but remember that reports of blood clots linked to J & J’s single-dose vaccine are extremely rare.
“It’s less than one in a million,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading US infectious disease specialist.
Common side effects after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine can include arm pain and normal flu-like symptoms for a few days afterwards. It’s not pleasant, but it’s not what officers are concerned about.
Instead, keep an eye out for various, more serious symptoms related to the blood clots, especially between one and three weeks after the shot. These include severe headaches, back pain, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, swelling of the legs, tiny red spots on the skin, or bruising.
If you experience these symptoms, see a doctor right away. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued advice to help doctors identify these rare clots and treat them safely.
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