Dr. Fauci Speaks Out About Why the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause Is Important

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You may have heard about the recent halt on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six women developed a rare blood-clotting disorder. One woman died after the diagnosis and one was in critical condition. All of them developed the condition between 6 to 13 days after getting the vaccine.

“This is important to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for these adverse events and can plan due to the unique treatment required with this type of blood clot,” the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement.

The Johnson and Johnson vaccine has always had the reputation of not being quite as effective as the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines when it comes to the original strain of COVID-19. However, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had still been proven to be effective against the new South African strain of the virus with just one dose while the other vaccines may end up requiring a third dose.

Because of that, Dr. Fauci, the Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, originally stated that you should take whatever vaccine you can get, even if it was Johnson & Johnson.

However, he’s still glad that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout has been paused and recently spoke out to discuss that’s so important. He explained that it not only gives not only thee FDA and CDC the chance to investigate what’s going on a bit more, but also helps physicians know what to look for as well and could potentially stop something fatal.

Check out what he had to say below!

Do you know anyone who has received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine? If you already got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, here’s what you can do now! And if you have a vaccine scheduled in the future, here’s how you can prepare to help reduce any potential side effects.