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Q&A: Dr. Blumberg answers viewer questions about COVID-19 vaccine safety – KCRA Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–.
With COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expanding this week and the news that federal health authorities have advised a “pause” in vaccinations with Johnson & & Johnsons shots, UC Davis Health pediatric transmittable illness professional Dr. Dean Blumberg signed up with KCRA 3 Tuesday to address viewer concerns about the vaccines.
Q: Lets discuss Johnson & & Johnson being put on hold today in the U.S. What does that mean for everybody?

Blumberg: That means one less arrow in our quiver truly because thats one less vaccine that we have and that impacts our vaccine supply. And keep in mind also, the Johnson & & Johnson vaccine had some advantages compared to the other vaccines in that it was only one dose. Q: Are you worried with this newest halt on the J&J vaccine that this might affect other individuals may be not desiring to get any vaccine at all because there has been a big push to get people to get immunized, especially individuals that might have been hesitant to do so? Dr. Blumberg: That implies one less arrow in our quiver actually because thats one less vaccine that we have and that impacts our vaccine supply. And keep in mind likewise, the Johnson & & Johnson vaccine had actually some benefits compared to the other vaccines in that it was only one dosage.

Blumberg: That implies one less arrow in our quiver actually since thats one less vaccine that we have and that affects our vaccine supply. And remember also, the Johnson & & Johnson vaccine had some benefits compared to the other vaccines in that it was just one dosage. Q: Are you worried with this newest stop on the J&J vaccine that this might impact other individuals may be not desiring to get any vaccine at all since there has been a huge push to get individuals to get immunized, particularly people that might have been hesitant to do so?

Dr. Blumberg: That implies one less arrow in our quiver truly since thats one less vaccine that we have and that affects our vaccine supply. And keep in mind also, the Johnson & & Johnson vaccine had actually some benefits compared to the other vaccines in that it was just one dosage. It was much easier to keep, simpler to transport. So it was actually an advantage for those who might not look for health care a lot such as those who are homebound or homeless.
Q: People who got the Johnson & & Johnson vaccine in the past week, should they be worried or perhaps even individuals who got it more than a week earlier?
Dr. Blumberg: The Johnson & & Johnson vaccine, the side impacts that have actually been seen is a very unusual side impact. Its less than one and a million of the Johnson & & Johnson doses. The CDC and others are suggesting to be watchful, keep an eye on things within the very first 3 weeks after vaccination.
Q: Weve heard a lot about a few of the more mild adverse effects that people have actually experienced after getting the shot. One of our viewers was wondering, what if you do not have any type of response? Could that indicate that the vaccine is any less effective for you?
Dr. Blumberg: I believe the message has gotten out– thats incorrect– which states that if you experience side effects, thats regular and that simply indicates that your body is forming immunity. Keep in mind in the vaccine trials, about half the people had some side impacts and half didnt. The vaccines safeguarded 90% to 95%.
Q: Are there distinctions in the adverse effects depending on what vaccine you get?
Dr. Blumberg: There are small distinctions because theres more responses after the 2nd dosage compared to the first, and the Johnson & & Johnson is simply a one-dose, so you dont have that second dosage, and you dont have those more substantial reactions.
Q: And we understand that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are two dosages. One of our viewers wanted to understand if you get your second shot a bit later than what you are supposed to get, is that OKAY?
If its delayed longer than six weeks, you dont have to reboot the vaccine series. A longer interval in between doses does result in better immune reactions with other vaccines.
Q: What about, are there any special recommendations for women who are pregnant or may be breastfeeding.
Theres more than 86,000 ladies who have been reported to get the vaccine in the U.S. while pregnant and over 4,400 of those have actually been studied extremely carefully by the CDC. The vaccine ought to not be in breast milk. The mom who is vaccinated will get antibodies.
Q: Are you worried with this latest halt on the J&J vaccine that this might impact other individuals may be not desiring to get any vaccine at all because there has been a big push to get people to get immunized, especially individuals that might have been reluctant to do so?
Dr. Blumberg: I am concerned about that, but I have actually been really pleased with the method the message has actually been rolling out, which is basically this shows that our vaccine security system works. Its able to choose up these really uncommon side results. If you put this into point of view, these vaccines are still really safe but it is proper still to pause vaccinations while the CDC and FDA and others gather more data.
Q: I know there is testing going on in terms of vaccinating children. What are your thoughts on vaccinating kids?
Dr. Blumberg: We require kids to be vaccinated for several factors. One is we want to prevent them from getting COVID. Although they usually endure infection much better than adults, I have seen kids hospitalized with COVID pneumonia and I have seen them in the ICU on ventilators. Children likewise get the post-COVID, the multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, and those children might be very sick. For their own sakes, children need to be inoculated. And then kids are members of our community. If we are going to accomplish any level of resistance in our neighborhoods, herd resistance, then we need to make sure that kids, who comprise a considerable portion of the population, that they are immune, too.

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