Texas woman hospitalized after J&J shot with symptoms similar to blood clot cases by Reuters

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From Kanishka Singh

(Reuters) – A woman in Texas who received the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson (NYSE 🙂 was hospitalized after showing symptoms similar to those of six people recently admitted to the United States had suffered blood clots, Texas health agency spokesman said Thursday.

The incident comes as advisors to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) meet on Friday to see if it is safe to resume injections of J & J’s COVID-19 vaccine, and senior US health officials prepare for the go-ahead.

U.S. health officials last week recommended discontinuing use of the J&J single vaccine because of rare cases of blood clots in six of the roughly 7 million people who received the shot in the country.

A health ministry spokesman said the CDC informed the state agency on Wednesday of the incident and did not provide additional information to protect the patient’s privacy.

“The patient is an adult woman who was hospitalized after receiving the J&J vaccine. Symptoms appear to be consistent with the six cases reported elsewhere last week,” the spokesman said in an email sent statement.

The Austin American-Statesman newspaper, which first reported the incident, said federal agencies are investigating the case.

“It is important to remember that something that is reported does not necessarily mean that it was caused by or related to the vaccine,” Imelda Garcia, deputy commissioner for the Infectious Diseases Division of the Texas Department of Health, was quoted as saying in the newspaper.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced Tuesday that it had found a possible link between J & J’s vaccine and rare blood clotting problems in adults given doses in the United States. However, the benefits of the single-dose shot outweigh the risks.

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