Doctors React to CDC Recommending Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines Over Johnson & Johnson

Doctors React to CDC Recommending Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines Over Johnson & Johnson

The now recommends Americans get the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna instead of the andenovector Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which scientists have linked to rare but serious blood clots.

Unlike Pfizer and Moderna, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine doesn’t use mRNA to build up your body’s natural defense against the virus. Instead, Johnson & Johnson’s researchers added the coronavirus’ signature spike protein to an adenovirus. Adenovirus is a common virus that causes cold or flu-like symptoms. The modified adenovirus used by J&J can enter your body’s cells, deliver instructions for them to make the spike protein found in which causes the immune system to produce antibodies that attack it. Your immune system now has a plan of attack if you contract COVID-19.

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However, the nine deaths attributed to J&J’s vaccine have led the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to vote to recommend the Pfizer or Moderna shots unanimously.

As Fox Business reports:

“More than 200 million Americans have completed their primary vaccine series, providing protection against COVID-19, preventing millions of cases and hospitalizations, and saving over a million lives,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. “Today’s updated recommendation emphasizes CDC’s commitment to provide real-time scientific information to the American public.”

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Women between the ages of 30 and 49 are most affected by the blood clotting issue at a rate of about 1 in 100,000 shots. 

Some doctors admitted they were surprised by the CDC’s recommendation, when asked by West Palm Beach’s CBS12 News:

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“I was, in that initially,” said Chief Medical Officer of Tampa General Hospital Dr. Peggy Duggan. “We expected to continue to use J&J, like Moderna and Pfizer for boosters.”

“I think we knew from before, the two doses of Pfizer and Moderna give you a better response than Johnson & Johnson,” said Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Olayemi Osiyemi.

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