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

Blumberg: That implies one less arrow in our quiver really because thats one less vaccine that we have and that affects our vaccine supply. And keep in mind 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 latest stop on the J&J vaccine that this might affect other individuals may be not desiring to get any vaccine at all given that there has been a big push to get individuals to get vaccinated, especially people that might have been reluctant to do so?

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–.
With COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expanding this week and the news that federal health officials have suggested a “time out” in vaccinations with Johnson & & Johnsons shots, UC Davis Health pediatric transmittable disease expert Dr. Dean Blumberg signed up with KCRA 3 Tuesday to respond to audience concerns about the vaccines.
Q: Lets discuss Johnson & & Johnson being put on hold today in the U.S. What does that mean for everyone?

Dr. Blumberg: That indicates one less arrow in our quiver really because thats one less vaccine that we have which 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 only one dosage. It was easier to keep, much easier to transfer. It was actually an advantage for those who may not seek health care so much such as those who are homebound or homeless.
Q: People who got the Johnson & & Johnson vaccine in the previous week, should they be concerned or maybe even people who got it more than a week ago?
Dr. Blumberg: The Johnson & & Johnson vaccine, the negative effects that have been seen is a really uncommon side impact. Its less than one and a countless the Johnson & & Johnson dosages. All of these events have actually been between five and 16 days post-vaccination. The CDC and others are advising to be watchful, keep an eye on things within the first 3 weeks after vaccination. If you experience extreme headaches, severe leg discomforts, shortness of breath or stomach discomfort, then you should seek treatment. There is a great deal of promotion on this so that doctors need to know the next actions and what to do.
Q: Weve heard a lot about some of the more moderate negative effects that individuals have experienced after getting the shot. One of our viewers was questioning, what if you do not have any type of response? Could that imply that the vaccine is any less reliable for you?
Dr. Blumberg: I believe the message has gotten out– thats wrong– which states that if you experience adverse effects, thats regular and that just implies that your body is forming immunity. But then the corollary to that is that if you have moderate symptoms, does that imply you are not forming resistance? And Ive heard people be worried about that. Thats just not true. Remember in the vaccine trials, about half individuals had some negative effects and half didnt. However the vaccines protected 90% to 95%. Clearly, those who dont have significant side effects are likewise protected.
Q: Are there differences in the adverse effects depending on what vaccine you get?
Dr. Blumberg: There are slight differences in that theres more reactions after the second dosage compared to the very first, and the Johnson & & Johnson is simply a one-dose, so you dont have that 2nd dosage, and you do not have those more considerable reactions.
Q: And we understand that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are two doses. Among our audiences wanted to know if you get your second shot a bit later than what you are supposed to get, is that OKAY?
If its delayed longer than 6 weeks, you dont have to reboot the vaccine series. A longer interval in between doses does result in much better immune actions with other vaccines.
Q: What about, are there any special suggestions for women who are pregnant or might be breastfeeding.
Theres more than 86,000 females who have been reported to get the vaccine in the U.S. while pregnant and over 4,400 of those have been studied really carefully by the CDC. The vaccine must not be in breast milk. The mother who is vaccinated will get antibodies.
Q: Are you worried about this latest halt on the J&J vaccine that this might affect other individuals may be not desiring to get any vaccine at all considering that there has been a huge push to get people to get immunized, particularly individuals that might have been hesitant to do so?
Dr. Blumberg: I am concerned about that, but I have been truly pleased with the method the message has been rolling out, which is essentially this shows that our vaccine safety system works. Its able to choose up these really unusual side impacts. If you put this into viewpoint, these vaccines are still really safe but it is proper still to pause vaccinations while the CDC and FDA and others collect more information.
Q: I know there is testing going on in terms of vaccinating children. What are your ideas on immunizing children?
Dr. Blumberg: We need kids to be immunized for a number of factors. One is we desire to avoid them from getting COVID. Kids likewise get the post-COVID, the multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, and those children might be really ill.

Blumberg: That indicates one less arrow in our quiver truly because thats one less vaccine that we have and that impacts our vaccine supply. And remember likewise, the Johnson & & Johnson vaccine had actually some advantages compared to the other vaccines in that it was just one dose. Q: Are you worried with this newest halt on the J&J vaccine that this might impact other individuals may be not wanting to get any vaccine at all since there has been a big push to get individuals to get vaccinated, particularly people that might have been reluctant to do so? Dr. Blumberg: That implies 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 likewise, the Johnson & & Johnson vaccine had some advantages compared to the other vaccines in that it was only one dosage.

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