J&J Vaccine Update: CDC vaccine advisers will meet Friday to make recommendations for use of the J&J vaccine. Here’s what both sides are saying. To have stories like this and more delivered directly to your inbox, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.
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Lauren Mascarenhas and Elizabeth Cohen, writing in CNN, report: “Vaccine advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meet Friday to make recommendations for use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after it was put on hold to investigate a potential link to serious blood clots.
The CDC and US Food and Drug Administration recommended a pause on use of the J&J coronavirus vaccine last week following six reported US cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot.
They are investigating whether there are more cases and whether other types of blood clots might be associated with the vaccine. The pause was also intended to give experts time to inform doctors about how to look for and treat these clots.”
Here is what both sides are saying about the J&J discussion:
On The Left
Many on the left believe the CDC made a bad decision in pausing the J&J vaccine distribution.
Marc A. Thiessen writes in The Washington Post the CDC’s move “will almost certainly kill more people by leaving them exposed to COVID-19 than might have died from extremely rare vaccine side effects.” These “perverse incentives,” he says, “are costing lives.” Thiessen compares “0.000001% of people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine [who have] developed clots” to a far greater amount of people who could be saved from COVID if provided the vaccine. Thiessen further criticizes the CDC for “causing more vaccine hesitancy” in general. Ultimately, he believes “many more people will likely die from the decision to withhold it.” Keep reading: The Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause is costing American lives.
On The right
Some on the right are also criticizing the CDC for needlessly creating fear and uncertainty with respect to the J&J shot.
Dr. Marc Siegel condemns CDC messaging in Fox News. He claims clinicians like him depend on “anti-fear messaging..to help patients put risks in perspective.” As a doctor who has “studied outbreaks,” he writes, it is “important to provide context at all times.” Instead, Dr. Siegel believes “perspective” is seemingly “replaced by emotional theater,” calling the news media “the culprit,” rather than the vaccine. Keep reading: COVID vaccines and fear – J&J pause was a big mistake. Here’s why.
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A survey performed last week by Frank Luntz, PhD, for the de Beaumont Foundation found 61% of respondents believe COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, including 60% of Trump voters and 66% of Biden voters. However, 32% indicated they would “never get a Johnson and Johnson vaccine, specifically.”