BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — After discovering 6 cases of blood clots among women who had received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended that states "pause" giving out the vaccine out, which Massachusetts has done. The CDC said this was to give health officials time to investigate the link and see if, or how, the blood clots are related to the vaccine.
But what should you do if you've already already had the one-dose shot?
The CDC noted in a press release that the blood clots were "extremely rare," with just 6 reported cases out of 6.8 million doses given out in the United States so far.
If you got the Johnson & Johnson shot, the CDC said to keep an eye out for certain symptoms popping up within three weeks of getting the vaccine: severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, and shortness of breath.
The exact kind of blood clot that appeared in the 6 patients is called a CVST, a stroke that happens in the brain and can be severe. CVST is treated differently than other blood clots and strokes.
The six cases of blood clots appeared in women between the ages of 18 and 48, and all happened between 6-13 days after vaccination.
The CDC said to report symptoms like the ones described above to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
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