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Frequently Asked Questions
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have announced that out of an abundance of caution, they are pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J & J) vaccine while they review a rare side effect.
With over 6.8 million doses of the vaccine administered in the US, 6 cases of a rare blood clotting disorder called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) were seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). This pause will allow the CDC to further evaluate the situation.
People who have received the J & J vaccine should understand that this adverse event is extremely rare. The risk of blood clots from a COVID-19 illness is many times higher than the risk from the vaccine. If you received the J&J vaccine and develop a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination you should contact your health care provider.
Health care providers are asked to report adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Anyone can report their vaccine side effects to the CDC through their smartphone with the V-Safe program.
The CDC and FDA provided additional information at a media briefing. A recording of that media call can be found here.
No. Once you are eligible for a vaccine, you may get vaccinated at any time.
Many sites do not have discretion on which vaccine they can administer. However, physicians are encouraging the public to take whichever vaccine is available to them. Currently, all vaccines provide strong protection from severe disease or death caused by COVID-19.
- COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19.
- All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19.
- All COVID-19 vaccines that are in development are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
- Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
- Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
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After getting vaccinated, you may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. The most common side effects are pain and swelling in the arm where you received the shot.
In addition, you may have fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
- Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
- COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are extremely high across the United States. Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often. The more steps you take, the more you and others around you are protected against COVID-19.
- You and your travel companions (including children) may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to family, friends, and community during and after travel. Check your state, territorial, or local health department for information about local quarantine requirements.
- View travel guidance from the CDC
- View cases in the U.S. and by state on CDC’s COVID Data Tracker
- When you wear a mask, you protect others as well as yourself. Masks work best when everyone wears one.
- A mask is NOT a substitute for social distancing. Masks should still be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart, especially when indoors around people who don’t live in your household.
- Masks should completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of face without gaps.
- Masks should be worn any time you are traveling on a plane, bus, train, or other form of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
- View mask guidance from the CDC
- People with underlying medical conditions can receive the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines as long as they have not had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine.
- Vaccination is an important consideration for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions because they are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- Learn more about vaccination considerations for people with underlying medical conditions
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