(HorizonPost.com) – A substantial number of Americans have expressed concern over COVID-19 vaccines. A recent NPR/Marist poll found that 49% of Republican men wouldn’t get vaccinated. Making matters worse, government officials’ recent move regarding the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine may factor into those concerns.
The FDA and CDC announced that they were recommending a temporary pause in the use of the J&J vaccine on April 13. The announcement came in the wake of six reported cases of individuals suffering a “rare and severe” form of blood clots shortly after receiving the inoculation.
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) April 13, 2021
With only 6 people experiencing this side-effect, out of the more than 6.8 million who took the J&J vaccine, the current odds of experiencing clotting issues are less than 1 in 1,000,000. However, out of an abundance of caution, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will begin reviewing the incidents.
The White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator, Jeff Zients, confirmed the pause in using the J&J vaccines would not have a significant effect on the number of vaccinations given to Americans. More than 25 million doses of COVID vaccines have been made available to the states each week, and an additional 28 million will be distributed this week. That’s more than enough to cover the current pace of approximately 3 million shots per day.
The lingering question concerns the potential impact of the pause on individuals already concerned about the vaccine’s safety. Time will tell as the nation heads into the summer. Many questions about vaccines can be answered by the CDC.
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