April 26, 2021

FDA, CDC lift pause on J&J COVID-19 vaccine

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on April 23, announced that after a thorough safety review, the pause on the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine should be lifted, and use of the vaccine should resume.

The pause was recommended after post-vaccination reports of six cases of rare blood clots along with thrombocytopenia in women. Another nine cases have been reported since then. More than 6.8 million doses have been administered.


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All cases occurred in women between the ages of 18 and 59, with a median of 37 years. Onset of symptoms occurs between 6 and 15 days after receiving the vaccine.

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