This story was up to date at 8:35 p.m.
April 23, 2021 — Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine ought to resume in the USA for all adults, the FDA and CDC stated Friday, though well being care suppliers ought to warn sufferers of the chance of creating the uncommon and critical blood clots that prompted the companies to pause the vaccine’s distribution earlier this month.
“What we’re seeing is the general fee of occasions was 1.9 circumstances per million folks. In girls 18 to 29 years there was an approximate 7 circumstances per million. The chance is even decrease in girls over the age of fifty at .9 circumstances per million,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, stated in a information briefing Friday night..
In the long run, the potential advantages of the vaccine far outweighed its dangers.
“When it comes to advantages, we discovered that for each 1 million doses of this vaccine, the J&J vaccine may forestall over 650 hospitalizations and 12 deaths amongst girls ages 18-49,” Walensky stated. The potential advantages to girls over 50 have been even higher: It may forestall 4700 hospitalizations and 650 deaths.
“In the long run, this vaccine was proven to be protected and efficient for the overwhelming majority of individuals,” Walensky stated at a press briefing on Friday evening.
The advice to proceed the vaccine’s rollout got here barely 2 hours after a CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to advocate the pause be lifted. The vote was 10-4 with one abstention.