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FDA limits J&J COVID-19 vaccine due to rare blood clot risk

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(WASHINGTON) — The Food and Drug Administration has put limits on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine due to the rare risk of blood clots.

“Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has limited the authorized use of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to individuals 18 years of age and older for whom other authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccines are not accessible or clinically appropriate, and to individuals 18 years of age and older who elect to receive the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine because they would otherwise not receive a COVID-19 vaccine,” the FDA said in a statement Thursday.

The announcement follows a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late last year to opt for either Pfizer or Moderna, over the single-shot J&J vaccine after a review of new CDC data on rare blood clots linked to J&J.

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