I am worried that vaccines are not safe

April 19, 2021 0 Comments

It is important to remember that this is an extremely rare side effect—6 people out of an estimated 7 million people who have received the J&J vaccine.  To put this into perspective, it is twice as rare as getting hit by lightening! It is also important to remember that despite being so rare, the FDA …

I got the J&J vaccine—should I be worried? What should I be looking for?

April 19, 2021 0 Comments

This complication seems to happen a median of 9 days after vaccination—so it’s not an immediate side effect. And none of the cases occurred after 3 weeks of vaccination. Symptoms include: severe headache, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, swelling in the legs and easy bruising.  If you have had these symptoms and recently (within the last …

Is there a treatment for this complication?

April 19, 2021 0 Comments

 Yes! And that is part of the reason pause: to really look at all the information and, if it is related, to get appropriate information back to health care providers about exactly what this is, what to look for, and how to appropriately treat it.

I’ve heard that women are at more risk for this complication?

April 19, 2021 0 Comments

With only 15 of these outcomes, it’s very hard to tell if something is truly a pattern.  However, analysis did not find any particular risk factors other than all of the people who had this complication were women and the majority (13/15) were under the age of 50. It is important to understand, however: this …

What exactly was this complication? Is there anything we should know about this?

April 19, 2021 0 Comments

The complication was a combination of a rare type of clotting disorder called a cerebral sinus venous thrombosis and a low platelet count.   It is important to note that this is different from the regular blood clots we are used to thinking about.  In this case, the blood clot is the result of an immune-mediated …

Why was the J&J vaccine paused and then restarted?

April 19, 2021 0 Comments

The FDA and CDC wanted to evaluate a total of 15 rare events of cerebral venous thrombosis (a very rare type of clotting disorder) and low platelet count.  One of these people died; and another was hospitalized.  This syndrome (large vessel blood clots with low platelet count) was deemed to be biologically plausible to be …

Is it possible to pass COVID to someone after I’ve gotten the vaccine? Should I quarantine after getting the vaccine?

March 28, 2021 0 Comments

No—none of the approved vaccines are live vaccines. You do not have to quarantine after getting the vaccine.  You SHOULD continue to wear a mask and physically distance for 2 weeks after you receive either the J&J vaccine or the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

I had a reaction to the first vaccine; should I get the second one?

February 11, 2021 0 Comments

Per the CDC, a delayed local injection-site reaction after the first mRNA vaccine dose is not a contraindication or precaution to the second dose. You will also want to discuss with your health care provider.

I have heard that people with allergies cannot get the vaccine. Is this true?

February 11, 2021 0 Comments

Initially with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, there was concern regarding allergic reactions. As we have accumulated millions more people receiving these vaccines, it appears there is no increased risk of an allergic reaction.  However, for ALL the vaccines (the Pfizer, Moderna and J&J vaccine), the CDC recommends a 15-minute monitored waiting period after the …

I have heard that people get Bell’s palsy from the COVID vaccine?

February 11, 2021 0 Comments

Bell’s Palsy is a facial paralysis, usually on one side, that causes drooping of the face. It is usually temporary but can rarely become permanent.  The CDC has been monitoring this, along with a number of other outcomes, with the COVID vaccines and have not found any increased risk with the COVID vaccines. For more …