The Westside Gazette

Coronavirus Report: April 19, 2021

By Marsha Mullings, MPH


32 million cases, 570,000 deaths


2.2 million cases, 88,213 total hospitalizations, 34,439 deaths


225,761 cases, 9,747 total hospitalizations, 2,783 deaths

Vaccine Update: Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Paused

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recommended a pause in the use of Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine due to reports of a rare blood clot among six women. The women were between 18-48; symptoms occurred between 6 and 13 days after vaccination.

For individuals that have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, the CDC recommends that they seek medical care urgently if they develop any of the following symptoms: *Severe headache *Backache *New neurologic symptoms *Severe abdominal pain *Shortness of breath *Leg swelling *Tiny red spots on the skin (petechiae) and *New or easy bruising.

For people that have received Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine within the last three weeks, the following are possible signs of a blood clot: *Blurred vision *Fainting and *Seizures.

       Please seek medical help immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.

The risk of infection with coronavirus and the possibility of developing COVID-19 disease remain extremely high. Remaining vigilant against disease transmission is critical. Practice good COVID-19 control strategies: *Observe social distancing guidelines (6 feet or more of separation from others). *Practice good hand hygiene (wash hands frequently with soap and warm water, or use hand sanitizers) *Wear a mask when out in public and *Avoid crowded indoor locations where possible.

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