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Spectrum Health infectious disease physician discusses CDC and FDA suspension of J&J vaccine

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“This temporary pause is actually a good indication that the safety mechanisms are clearly in place.”

Dr. Liam Sullivan is an infectious disease physician at Grand Rapids’ Spectrum Health. While six women receiving the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine have experienced blood clotting, he says everyone should keep in mind millions of the J&J vaccine have been administered without severe reactions. That includes at Spectrum Health where its distributed roughly 4,400 doses. That’s about 5% of COVID-19 vaccines dispensed.

Full disclosure, Dr. Sullivan was a J&J vaccine clinical trial participant. His advice to other J&J vaccine recipients is to be vigilant. If you received it within the past three weeks and are experiencing headaches, abdominal pain, swelling in one leg, chest pain or trouble breathing seek medical care.

“But if you’re outside of that window and you’re feeling fine and you don’t have any issues then there’s nothing to worry about. You’re in the clear and I don’t think there’s any concerns going forward with that.”

While Spectrum Health is halting distribution of the J&J vaccine, it’s clinic schedules will continue uninterrupted.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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