Doctors say these are the potential blood clot symptoms to watch for after getting J&J vaccine

Doctors say keep an eye out for symptoms of blood clots for about two weeks. Some symptoms include leg swelling, chest pain and unusual headaches.

News 12 Staff

Apr 13, 2021, 8:29 PM

Updated 1,102 days ago

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The recommendation Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration to pause the vaccine due to six severe, but rare, blood clotting issues has some Long Islanders wondering if they should have held off.
Steven Chiappetta, of Dix Hills, says he got nervous when he heard the news this morning.
"It was the first thing I thought of, maybe I shouldn't have gotten it," says Chiappetta.
Doctors say they don't see a reason to panic.
"I think it's interesting that all the six blood clots occurred in females of childbearing age, so we have to do further analysis to see if there's other factors," says Dr. Alex Spyropoulos, of Northwell Health.
A 92-year-old resident of the Park Gardens Apartment Complex in Uniondale also received the shot about two weeks ago when the Town of Hempstead's Mobile Vax bus visited. The woman says she had no problems, not even a sore arm.
Nassau County Health Commissioner Larry Eisenstein says he has no reason to believe that there is any added risk to the homebound population who may have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Spyropoulos says, "The incidents of having these rare events is the same as being struck by lightning."
So if you got the Johnson & Johnson shot doctors say keep an eye out for symptoms of blood clots for about two weeks. Some symptoms include leg swelling, chest pain and unusual headaches.
The CDC and FDA recommended the pause out of what is being called an "abundance of caution."
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