FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Hoosiers wanting the Johnson & Johnson-Janssen COVID-19 vaccine will have to wait after state health officials decided to temporarily halt the one shot dose.
This decision came after the CDC and FDA suggested pressing pause after reports of what's known as Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis, blood clots in the venous sinus part of the brain, along with thrombocytopenia, low blood platelet counts.
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The cases came from six women between the ages of 18 and 48 who developed the aboved mentioned adverse effects within two weeks of getting the Johnson & Johnson shot.
News of issues surrounding the J&J shot it hasn’t instilled confidence in some Allen County residents.
"I think it came out way too soon without being discussed," Shane Carrington said. "There’s been a lot of side effects from it, so I think the just need to pull it and get it together."
Another local resident, Meredith Gittelson said, "I think if they have a little bit more time to sort of perfect their vaccination and make it so that it is even more than sixty four percent effective, plus all the other problems they’re having, I think it would really stand to compete with the Moderna and Pfizer."
The issue of a COVID-19 vaccine causing blood clots is not new.
Earlier this year reports out of Europe stated that some people developed the same CVST issue after receiving the Astrazenica COVID-19 vaccine, which was temporarily paused for the same reason the J&J dose was, to find out more information and see if the vaccine and CVST are actually related.
So far, the six cases from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been found in roughly 6.8 million people who received the one-shot dose.
Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter says these side effects wouldn’t have been discovered in trials.
"This would not show up in any of the testing because it’s so rare," Sutter explained. "You can’t find a one in a million adverse effect until you give more than a million doses."
The current risk of any one person developing these symptoms is just below one in a million.
Compare that to the 2.7 to 40 in 100,000 women who develop the same blood clots after taking birth control pills, according to one study.
The rarity of these side effects is putting some people a little at ease.
Carrington said, "It’s definitely a big factor that it’s only six people out of seven million, but I mean six people is still six people. If that was somebody in your family, I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t appreciate it at all.”
And Sutter believes this was the right move until more information is discovered, saying "I think it makes sense to pause and gather more information to make sure we have the whole picture before moving forward."
This pause is only expected to last a few days and have minimal impacts on vaccinations in Allen County.
Sutter says those sites that were going to be giving out the Johnson & Johnson shot in the county will be giving out the Moderna shot because the supply of that specific vaccine in Indiana has reached a point where it's higher than places to give the vaccine out to.
*For sake of simplicity, the 40 in 100,000 was multiplied by 10 to have the same population size comparison you hear in the video.