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Pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine lifted

Scientific advisers decided its’ benefits outweigh a rare risk of blood clot.
Published: Apr. 25, 2021 at 7:06 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -According to the Associated Press, U.S health officials are giving Johnson & Johnson vaccines an all clear to be used again.

Health officials say 15 out of nearly 8 million people who took the Johnson and Johnson vaccine developed a highly unusual kind of blood clot.

All were women, mostly under the age of 50. Out of those women three died, and seven remain hospitalized.

CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky says that the pause of the vaccines should increase confidence in vaccine safety.

“I do think that there’s plenty of people who are interested in the J & J vaccine, if just for convenience, as well as for a single-dose option,” says Walensky.

The CDC warns COVID-19 can cause blood clots as well as everyday medications, such as birth control pills.

If you have any questions about what vaccine you should get, contact your regular health care provider.

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