Carilion Clinic leaders assure Johnson and Johnson vaccine safety amid concerns

The chances of getting a blood clot after a dose of the vaccine is incredibly low

A pause in the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is causing nationwide concern over the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Health experts with Carilion Clinic want to assure the public that the risk of getting a rare blood clot from the vaccine is incredibly low.

In fact, they say you have a higher chance of getting a blood clot if you actually contract COVID-19.

Just six out of more than six million people developed a rare blood clot after getting the Johnson and Johnson vaccine causing the pause.

Local health leaders at Carilion Clinic are following that guidance and say it gives experts time to review what could have caused these rare reactions.

“I think it’s important that that pause has happened so that they can learn more and look into the cases of the blood clots,” Carilion Clinic Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrice Weiss said.

Weiss says it’s important to use context when discussing the statistics, as people face a higher risk of blood clots from things like certain medications and smoking.

“Folks who may be taking birth control pills, there’s about a 500 to 1,200 person, per million incidences of blood clots for people taking those medications, there’s almost a 2,000 incidence of blood clots in patients who smoke,” Weiss said.

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