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CDC investigates Utah stroke case to determine if it may be associated with J&J vaccine


CDC investigates Utah stroke case to determine if it may be associated with J&J vaccine (KUTV)
CDC investigates Utah stroke case to determine if it may be associated with J&J vaccine (KUTV)
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A 50-year-old woman in Utah had a blood clot and a stroke one day after getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to the CDC’s side effect reporting system.

“We do not know whether that was associated with the J&J vaccine as of right now,” said Rich Lakin, Utah Department of Health immunization director, “and so that’s why we have no cases of blood clots due to J&J vaccine.”

Lakin said the clot could have been for another reason, unrelated to the vaccine.

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The Utah case is not one of the six nationwide that led to the federal decision to pause the vaccine.

The woman was vaccinated March 11, then the description of the event the following day read: “Heart was in A-fib, blood clot formed and had a Left Posterior Parietal Stroke.” She was hospitalized for two days.

The CDC investigates whenever serious medical conditions happen following vaccination to determine if there may be a connection.

“If it is significant, then they (CDC) will send us a separate report,” Lakin said, “and we have not received any reports of anybody that has received J&J as of now that had blood clots.”

The J&J pause will slow Utah’s vaccination effort, although only 7% of this week’s doses were J&J. The state was counting on larger shipments in the coming weeks.

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