According to information released by the Washington State Department of Health, they're advising people to get the Pfizer or Maderna vaccine as opposed to the Johnson-Johnson.


The DOH said Friday:

"The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is recommending people 18 and older choose to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) instead of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine."

The reason for the information and advice is because J-J has been linked to a rare but serious condition known as:

 "...thrombosis and thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS. TTS is a rare but serious condition involving blood clots and a low blood platelet count seen in some people who received the J&J vaccine. However, the risk is rare. Nationwide, 54 cases of TTS, including nine confirmed deaths, have been reported, which is a fraction of a percent of the 14 million doses of J&J given overall."  (DOH)

4% of the vaccines given out across WA state are J-H, 436,000 out of 11.4 million.

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The DOH finished its information release with another push for Washington residents to get a vaccine, and recommended talking with one's doctor about which one is best for them.


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