The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that people who experience certain new symptoms after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine seek immediate medical treatment. The symptoms include sudden, severe headache, backache, new neurological symptoms, severe abdominal pain, shortness of breath, leg swelling, tiny red spots on the skin, and new or easy bruising.
While Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is still authorized, the pause gives scientists time to review data and determine whether the vaccine is actually linked to the blood clots and, if so, whether recommendations on who should receive it should change.
Nine new cases of atypical thrombosis (clots) and two cases of coagulation disorders associated with AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, with four additional deaths, occurred in France between April 2 and April 8, according to French health authorities. The nine new cases of rare thrombosis concern people who present “a profile different from that” of the cases declared previously, notes the ANSM. The age of the patients is “higher”: “It is about four women and five men, older (average age of 62 years) who presented more digestive thromboses.
Marie-Antoinette Sevestre-Pietri, French Society of Vascular Medicine President: “”In the long term, it will probably be necessary to do without adenovirus vaccines”
About 5,800 Americans who have been vaccinated against coronavirus have become infected anyway, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells CNN. Some became seriously ill and 74 people died, the CDC said. It said 396 — 7% — of those who got infected after they were vaccinated required hospitalization.
It’s the first indication from CDC of how effective the vaccine is in real life — and the first indication the vaccines do not protect completely against severe disease and death.
As of Thursday (April 8), 170 people in Louisiana were classified as having a “breakthrough” vaccine COVID case – testing positive for coronavirus after being fully vaccinated. A week earlier, the state reported 126 cases. The health department released new data Thursday during a news conference after WBRZ made repeated requests for information.
Nearly 300 Rhode Islanders have tested positive for COVID-19 after being vaccinated against the virus — a total that state public-health officials consider a positive sign of the vaccines’ effectiveness. Three of the state’s 290 post-vaccination positive cases died and 20 were hospitalized, the state Department of Health said Tuesday.
The 290 “breakthrough” infections, as post-vaccine cases are known, came out of 212,060 people who received their final shot 14 days ago, representing about 0.13% of that group.
The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 78 breakthrough cases of COVID-19. Of those 78 breakthrough cases, one individual died of COVID-19.
“That’s one of the things that we’re following, is to look at who is being impacted with breakthrough COVID after they’ve been fully vaccinated,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers.
State health leaders said there are 635,000 fully vaccinated Mississippians and the number of breakthrough cases is comparatively low. They said that’s proof the vaccines are working.
Stunning developments today in relation to the adenovirus vaccines now being marketed for Covid-19, including AstraZeneca’s Vaxevria, and the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. Are adenovirus vaccines now finished?
- The EU Commission has decided not to renew COVID-19 vaccine contracts with AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson – Reuters
- AstraZeneca vaccine: Denmark stops rollout completely – BBC report
- EMA to provide further context on risk of very rare blood clots with low blood platelets – EMA
- U.S. FDA to scrutinize vaccine design behind COVID-19 shots linked to blood clot – Reuters
Our opinion: The writing is on the wall for adenovirus vaccines as far as the Sars-cov-2 pandemic is concerned
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said six cases in 6.8 million doses had been reported and it was acting “out of an abundance of caution”. Johnson & Johnson said it was also delaying vaccine rollout in Europe. The US move follows similar rare cases in the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has prompted some curbs in its use.
More than 580 Illinoisans have tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported that of the about 2.5 million people in Illinois who have been fully vaccinated, as of data compiled Wednesday, 581 tested positive for COVID-19 after getting their final vaccine dose.
So far, there have been 103 vaccine breakthrough cases in North Dakota. Of those, six people were hospitalized. State health experts say their symptoms varied.
“We have some people that are completely asymptomatic. We do have some people that are quite a bit sicker. It still kind of depends on the age of the person, the underlying health conditions. All that stuff that kind of affects your COVID outcomes, still affects you the same even after you’ve been vaccinated,” said North Dakota Department of Health Immunization Surveillance Coordinator Jenny Galbraith.
Out of one million fully vaccinated individuals in Washington state, epidemiologists report evidence of 102 breakthrough cases since February 1, 2021, which represents .01 percent of vaccinated people in Washington.
Breakthrough cases have been identified in 18 counties. The majority of those in Washington state with confirmed vaccine breakthrough experienced only mild symptoms, if any. However, since February 1, eight people with vaccine breakthrough have been hospitalized. DOH is investigating two potential vaccine breakthrough cases where the patients died. Both patients were more than 80 years old and suffered underlying health issues.
Dozens of South Carolinians have tested positive for coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. According to information from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, 141 vaccine “breakthrough cases” have been identified in S.C. as of April 5.
DHEC officials stress that breakthrough cases have been reported in less than 0.5% of the number of people across the state who have completed their vaccine series.