Blumberg: That implies one less arrow in our quiver truly because 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 advantages compared to the other vaccines in that it was only one dosage. Q: Are you concerned 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 vaccinated, specifically people that might have been reluctant to do so?
With COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expanding this week and the news that federal health officials have advised a “pause” in vaccinations with Johnson & & Johnsons shots, UC Davis Health pediatric transmittable illness specialist Dr. Dean Blumberg signed up with KCRA 3 Tuesday to answer audience concerns about the vaccines.
Q: Lets speak about Johnson & & Johnson being postponed today in the U.S. What does that mean for everybody?
Dr. Blumberg: That indicates one less arrow in our quiver actually 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 only one dose.
Q: People who got the Johnson & & Johnson vaccine in the past week, should they be concerned or maybe even individuals who got it more than a week back?
Dr. Blumberg: The Johnson & & Johnson vaccine, the negative effects that have been seen is a really rare adverse effects. Its less than one and a million of the Johnson & & Johnson dosages. All of these events have been between five and 16 days post-vaccination. The CDC and others are advising to be watchful, keep an eye on things within the very first three weeks after vaccination. If you experience serious headaches, serious leg discomforts, shortness of breath or stomach discomfort, then you need to look for treatment. There is a great deal of promotion on this so that doctors ought to understand the next actions and what to do.
Q: Weve heard a lot about a few of the more mild negative effects that people have experienced after getting the shot. One of our viewers was wondering, what if you dont have any sort of response? Could that mean that the vaccine is any less reliable for you?
Dr. Blumberg: I believe the message has actually gotten out– thats wrong– which states that if you experience adverse effects, thats normal and that simply implies that your body is forming immunity. However then the corollary to that is that if you have mild symptoms, does that mean you are not forming immunity? And Ive heard individuals be concerned about that. Thats just not real. Keep in mind in the vaccine trials, about half the individuals had some side effects and half didnt. But the vaccines protected 90% to 95%. Clearly, those who do not have considerable adverse effects are likewise secured.
Q: Are there distinctions in the adverse effects depending on what vaccine you get?
Dr. Blumberg: There are minor differences because theres more reactions after the 2nd dose compared to the very first, and the Johnson & & Johnson is just a one-dose, so you do not have that 2nd dosage, and you do not have those more significant responses.
Q: And we understand that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are two dosages. Among our audiences needed to know if you get your 2nd shot a bit later than what you are supposed to get, is that OKAY?
Dr. Blumberg: Thats perfectly fine. The CDC recommends attempting to get your second dosage on time, and if not, within six weeks of your first dose. If its postponed longer than six weeks, you do not need to reboot the vaccine series. A longer interval in between dosages does result in better immune actions with other vaccines. So we expect the exact same with these vaccines.
Q: What about, are there any unique suggestions for ladies who are pregnant or might be breastfeeding.
Theres more than 86,000 women 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 should not be in breast milk. The mom who is immunized will get antibodies.
Q: Are you worried about this most current halt on the J&J vaccine that this might affect other individuals may be not wishing to get any vaccine at all since there has been a big push to get individuals to get vaccinated, especially people that might have been hesitant to do so?
Dr. Blumberg: I am worried about that, however I have been truly pleased with the way the message has actually been rolling out, which is essentially this reveals that our vaccine security system works. Its able to select up these very rare negative effects. Its just one in a million dosages. Its clear that the benefits of vaccination surpass these extremely small risks that are happening. And the danger of this similar type episode of the low platelets and possible strokes that may take place– its much greater with other medications, such as contraceptive pill and oral contraceptives. These vaccines are still really safe but it is suitable still to stop briefly vaccinations while the CDC and FDA and others gather more information if you put this into perspective.
Q: I understand there is testing going on in regards to vaccinating children. What are your thoughts on immunizing kids?
Dr. Blumberg: We require kids to be immunized for several factors. One is we wish to avoid them from getting COVID. They normally endure infection better than adults, I have actually seen kids hospitalized with COVID pneumonia and I have actually seen them in the ICU on ventilators. Children likewise get the post-COVID, the multisystem inflammatory syndrome in kids, and those kids might be extremely sick. For their own sakes, children need to be immunized. And after that kids are members of our community. If we are going to accomplish any level of immunity in our communities, herd immunity, then we require to make sure that kids, who make up a substantial portion of the population, that they are immune, too.
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 keep in mind likewise, the Johnson & & Johnson vaccine had actually some advantages compared to the other vaccines in that it was just one dose. Q: Are you concerned with this most current stop on the J&J vaccine that this might affect other people may be not wanting to get any vaccine at all given that there has been a big push to get individuals to get immunized, particularly people that might have been hesitant to do so? Dr. 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 keep in mind also, the Johnson & & Johnson vaccine had some benefits compared to the other vaccines in that it was just one dose.