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The J&J Vaccine Victims All Had This in Common

The women were all 18 to 48 years old.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

The pausing of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine due to blood clot risks raises a lot of questions, some of which will be studied starting today by the CDC, and one big one is, "Could it happen to me?" Dr. Anthony Fauci says the threat of a cerebral venous sinus thrombosis—a rare blood clotting condition that can be deadly—from the J&J vaccine is extremely rare, "less than one in a million." Only six people out of nearly 7 million who got the show were affected. Still, no one wants to be those six people. Read on to see what they had in common, being aware that it's far too early to draw any conclusions yet—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.


The Six People Affected Were Women Aged 18 to 48

Doctors and infected patient in quarantine in hospita.

The women—yes, all six were women—were all within a certain age range. "The CDC and the FDA are reviewing data involving six reports of a rare type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis or CBST in combination with low levels of platelets in the blood called thrombocytopenia in women ages 18 to 48, who presented with symptoms between six and 13 days after receiving the Johnson and Johnson or Janssen COVID-19 vaccine," said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) at the Food and Drug Administration. "One case was fatal, and one patient is in critical condition." Keep reading to see what the symptoms are, to make sure you don't have any.


Dr. Fauci Says If You Got the J&J Vaccine Recently, Watch Out For These Symptoms

Young woman have headache migraine stress or tinnitus

"People who just got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are worried," asked CBS News. "What should they look out for?" "Well, it depends on when they got it," answered Dr. Fauci. "It appears that this adverse event occurs between six days and 13 days. So if you've had it a month or two ago, I think you really don't need to worry about anything. If you are in the time frame of within a week or two of having gotten vaccinated, remember one thing: This is a very rare event. It's less than one in a million. Having said that, you still wanna be alert to some symptoms, such as severe headache, some difficulty in movement, or some chest discomfort and difficulty breathing." Next, find out why it might affect women more.


Dr. Fauci Said it Might Be Hormonal

Melancholy woman resting at the terrace

The women were of child-bearing age—might their reaction be hormonal? "Absolutely and that's one of the things that we wanna investigate," Fauci told CBS News. "There have been similar types of phenomena that have occurred during pregnancy. Clotting abnormalities are known in women who take birth control pills, so certainly there could be a hormonal aspect to this."


Dr. Fauci Said He Didn't Know if Hormonal Pills Played a Factor

Woman holding pills on her hand.

Did the women all take hormonal pills? "We don't know that. And that's one of the questions that's gonna be asked about these people, was there a commonality of people on birth control pills? We don't know the answer to that right now."

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Dr. Fauci Worries This Will Cause Vaccine Hesitancy

unrecognizable doctor trying to vaccinate its patient while she is refusing it.

"Well, certainly that is a concern," he told CBS News. "The question that is often asked, does this have anything to do with the other vaccines, the mRNAs, from Moderna and from Pfizer? You know, absolutely not. Because you look at it, 121 million people have received at least one dose of a vaccine. Only 6.85 million of those were J&J. The rest were Moderna and Pfizer, and there's no negative or adverse or red flag signal coming from any of those vaccines, which is very good news. In other words, they are very safe." With that in mind, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more about Alek