DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Whereas using the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is on maintain, well being officers are urging individuals to get the Moderna or Pfizer shot.
The expertise behind the three photographs differs.
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Dallas County had deliberate on giving out hundreds of Johnson & Johnson vaccines at its Truthful Park web site Tuesday, April 13, however switched to Moderna and Pfizer.
“And that’s what we’ll be doing till the state of affairs resolves,” stated Dr. Philip Huang, Director of Dallas County Well being and Human Providers.
It was welcome information for lots of the individuals who obtained their shot.
“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, I used to be very skeptical,” stated Rati Adhikari, who lives in Irving. “So I had made up my thoughts if there was a change within the vaccine, I’d simply depart and I’d relatively not get vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson.”
Federal officers are wanting right into a uncommon blood clotting concern with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
It’s much like what’s been reported in Europe with AstraZeneca’s vaccine, which hasn’t been approved to be used within the U.S. but.
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“I feel this was achieved appropriately,” stated Crystal Howell, an assistant professor of pharmacotherapy on the UNT Well being Science Middle. “They’re taking a look at Europe’s information for the same kind of expertise. They discovered six sufferers right here, they stated that’s sufficient, we’re going to research.”
Each the Johnson & Johnson and the AstraZeneca are adenovirus vaccines, which implies they use a shell of a virus as a vector to hold genetic materials into your cells.
“It’s that vector piece, the virus piece, that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the AstraZeneca use and the opposite two vaccines, the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines, don’t use,” Howell stated.
Pfizer and Moderna make use of newer mRNA expertise as a substitute.
Clotting issues haven’t been seen with both of the 2 vaccines.
“The Moderna, Pfizer are protected and efficient,” Dr. Huang stated. “And we all know what these do is forestall COVID sickness. Completely don’t use this as a cause to not get vaccinated.”
In line with the Texas Division of State Well being Providers, 13 million Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have been administered in Texas, together with roughly 560,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
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Of these, not a single dose has resulted in a reported case of blood clotting inside Texas.