HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris announced Alabama will temporarily pause the usage of Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
The pause comes after six cases of a rare blood clot in individuals were reported after receiving the J&J vaccine. All six people with this blood clot side reaction are women. One died and another was hospitalized. It is important to note, six people experienced this side-effect out of almost seven million who have received the J&J vaccine.
These women have experienced a rare type of blood clot involving the brain, and low platelet counts. The FDA is investigating the situation which could include possible links to birth control which can also cause blood clots.
Harris says you should self monitor if you’ve received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. He also says if it’s been three weeks since your J&J vaccine, you’re likely already in the clear.
”You know, a couple of the risk factors for any type of blood clot include pregnancy or use or oral contraception and obviously that’s going to affect a certain segment of the population of women of child-bearing age. So in other circumstances, pre-vaccine when this disease was seem it tended to be in women of child bearing age. Now with the vaccine in place again we’re seeing it in women of child-bearing age so that’s why there’s some uncertainty of whether there’s a cause and effect or not,” said Harris.
If you’ve received the J&J shot, you should monitor for headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath.