What To Do If You Got the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine


So you got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Two weeks ago you might have been feeling great, but with recent news that the CDC was pausing use of the vaccine due to a slight blood clot risk, you might not be feeling as good.

News broke a few days ago that six women between the ages of 18-48 had developed blood clots as a result of the J&J vaccine, and while the percentage is miniscule, the company felt that the vaccine should be temporarily paused.

But what happens if you already got the Johnson & Johnson shot? Should you be worried?

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According to Metro Health, probably not. Dr. Gill Wright, the Interim Chief Medical Officer, says that if you received the vaccine more than a month ago, the risk is "Very low" for any kind of complications. If it's been in the last couple of weeks, you still shouldn't be immediately concerned, but watch for severe headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath. In all six cases of blood clots, those symptoms presented within about three weeks after the vaccination.

Even with the pause on the Johnson & Johnson shot, the Moderna and Pfizer vaccinations have shown to be effective with little to no side effects, and Metro Health expects that 50% of Nashvillians will be at least partially vaccinated by May 1st.