Six hours after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration recommended a ban on the giving of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to adverse reactions in six women, Drs. Anthony Fauci spoke to “CBS Evening News” about what the decision meant. .
The interview below has been edited for length and clarity.
CBS News: People receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are worried. What should they see?
Dr. Anthony Fauci: Well, it depends on when they got it. It appears that this adverse event occurs between six days and 13 days. So if you took it a month or two ago, I think you don’t really need to worry about anything. If you are within a week or two of getting vaccinated, remember one thing: this is a very rare occurrence. It is less than one in a million. Having said that, you still want to be alert to some symptoms, such as a severe headache, some difficulty in movement, or some chest discomfort and difficulty breathing.
These are women of childbearing age. Does this suggest that it may be hormonal?
Absolutely and this is one of the things we want to investigate. Such incidents have occurred during pregnancy. Clotting abnormalities are known in women who take birth control pills, so there can certainly be a hormonal aspect to this.
Do you think birth control can play a role?
We do not know this. And this is one of the questions that are asked about these people, was there a commonality of people on birth control pills? We do not know the answer right now.
You told that this is less than one lakh chance that you can have it. This is very, very rare. But would this fuel vaccine hesitate?
Well, certainly it is a concern. The question that is often asked, does it have anything to do with other vaccines, mRNA, modern, and Pfizer? You know, not at all. Because you see it, 121 million people have received at least one dose of a vaccine. Of these, only 6.85 million people were J & J. The rest were Modern and Pfizer, and none of those vaccines have negative or adverse or red flag signs, which is very good news. In other words, they are very safe.