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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says state has made adjustments, pausing J&J vaccine

Symptoms of rare blood clot disorder
Virus Outbreak Iowa
Posted at 11:03 AM, Apr 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-14 13:50:08-04

DES MOINES, Iowa (KMTV) — On Wednesday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds provided an update on the fight against COVID-19 in the state.

Reynolds said Iowa has had to make changes at vaccination sites with the pausing of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine but said she and other officials are hopeful about possible guidance coming down to continue its use on Wednesday.

Dr. Patricia Winokur, a dean and professor of internal medicine and infectious diseases with the University of Iowa, said cases of a blood clotting disorder associated with Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine are rare and provided some information on who is being affected.

Six women in the U.S. between the ages of 18-48 developed the rare affliction and presented signs about one to three weeks after getting Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine. Signs of the disorder include severe headache, abdominal pain and shortness of breath.

While Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines may lead to some post-vaccination symptoms, Winokur said patients who are developing the rare disorder had more severe symptoms.

Those with symptoms are advised to contact their primary care provider to perform a test to see if they have it.

For people who on the fence or have questions about getting vaccinated, the governor said virtual learning sessions are being planned at a later date. People who are interested can find more information by visiting www.iowacovidinfo.org.

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