On April 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine. Both the CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, in individuals after receiving the vaccine. These six cases occurred 6 to 14 days after vaccination among women between the ages of 18 and 48.
As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the United States, and these adverse effects appear to be extremely rare. However, the CDC and FDA have recommended a pause on the administration of the vaccine out of an abundance of caution pending review by the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
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