CDC Investigating New Death And Hospitalization Following Johnson & Johnson Vaccination

Siladitya Ray*

A health professional holds a vial of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. EUROPA PRESS VIA GETTY IMAGES

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating the death of an Oregon woman and the hospitalization of another woman in Texas after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, as the agency prepares to meet on Friday to decide if the use of the single-dose vaccine could safely be resumed in the U.S.

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Key Facts:

  • The deceased Oregon woman, who was in her 50s, received the J&J shot before the CDC ordered a pause in its rollout over concerns that it caused rare blood clots.
  • The woman died after developing “a rare but serious blood clot” within two weeks following vaccination, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) said in a statement.
  • The OHA and CDC are both investigating the incident and have said that a direct link between the woman’s death and the vaccine is yet to be established.
  • Similarly, a woman in Texas, who also received the shot before it was suspended, has been hospitalized with symptoms similar to others who had suffered blood clots after receiving the vaccine.

A Texas health official told the Austin American-Statesman that information was still being gathered about the case and no direct link has yet been established between the adverse incident and the vaccination.

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