HOUSTON – Federal health officials recommended a pause Tuesday in the administration of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine while reports of blood clots in people who have received the shot are investigated.
Officials at both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a joint statement the move was “out of an abundance of caution.”
The recommendation has led to a stoppage of the J&J COVID-19 shot, also known as the Janssen vaccine, in Texas. Harris County and Houston health officials have followed suit.
Dr. David Persse, chief medical officer for Houston, said there have been six cases of blood clots reported nationwide out of the millions of J&J doses that have been administered.
“Six cases out of 6.8 million doses (that) have been given, so those are extremely rare,” Persse said. “That’s literally less than 1 in a million.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said none of those cases are in Texas.
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Persse said that the timeframe of this type of complication from the vaccine appears to be between one and three weeks from the time a person receives the shot.