Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine Suspended Campus-Wide

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By Lorena Grajales, Editor-in-Chief –

UTC suspended the administration of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine after six women reported unusual blood clots within a two-week period across the country. The university quickly shut down appointments for the vaccine, despite it being first administered on Thursday, April 8.

According to a statement from UC Foundation Professor and Director for the School of Nursing, Dr. Chris Smith, UTC decided to halt doses of the J&J vaccine, as was suggested by both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In an FDA and CDC official joint statement, individuals were recommended to act promptly if faced with side effects after 21 days of the vaccination.

“People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.”

Abbey Davis, evening building supervisor at UTC’s library received the J&J vaccine on Friday, April 9 and said she experienced side effects including brain fog, vivid dreams, muscle aches and ran a 101.5-degree fever.

“I admit it’s a touch alarming. But it’s in my arm now, and it’s certainly not coming out, so I guess I’ll just see what happens. I think UTC was doing what they thought was best with the information they had when they did the clinic last week, and something like this was inevitable with how new all this stuff is. No regrets so far! Hopefully, it’ll stay that way,” Davis said.

Second-dose Moderna vaccinations are planned to continue on UTC’s campus at the Collins Street Annex on Friday, April 16. For more information on Covid-19 vaccinations on campus, click here.

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