Last week, we learned of a microscopic ‘blood clot risk’ caused by the AstraZeneca vaccines. Concerns were promptly quelled, and the jabs are back in circulation outside of South Africa. However, those sighs of relief overseas may soon become deep breaths on our shores – as similar fears have been raised about the Johnson & Johnson doses.

J&J jab jitters – but there’s little to fear…

J&J jabs are already in the arms of 300 000 South African health workers, and millions more will get the treatment in the next few months. So, do we need to worry about the threat of blood clots from our vaccines?

Not at all. In fact, ZERO cases of blood clots have been reported in SA so far. But due diligence is due diligence…

What’s the issue with Johnson & Johnson?

Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday it will delay the rollout of its Covid-19 vaccine in Europe after US authorities moved to suspend use of the shots due to health concerns. The US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control recommended a “pause” on the one-jab Covid-19 inoculation.

This is due to on worries over six reported cases of a rare type of blood clot in the United States, from about six million jabs. US health authorities took the action “out of an abundance of caution” over a disorder that appears similar to that observed in rare cases of people who received the AstraZeneca vaccine in Europe.

Shots by both companies are based on adenovirus vector technology. Cases from this tiny, tiny sample size of complications involved women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred six to 14 days after vaccination.

How likely are blood clots from the AstraZeneca vaccines?

  • – There have been 19 deaths from blood clots reported from 20 million doses.
  • – That’s over a ONE IN A MILLION chance of dying as a result of the vaccine.
  • With the risk of dying from the jab is 0.0000095%, the AZ remains a safe treatment for non-501Y.V2 strains.
  • – Of those 20 million doses, there were 79 reported blood clots – 60 of which were non-fatal. Your chance of developing this illness as a non-fatal result of getting the vaccine is roughly 333 333/1.
  • – By comparison, it’s understood that the average COVID-19 mortality rate is between 0.5% to 1%. That’s between 200/1 to 100/1 – which, my friends, is a MUCH bigger risk than one in a million.

How likely are blood clots from the Johnson & Johnson jabs?

  • – Six women from 6.8 million doses reported having blood clots. No deaths have yet been confirmed
  • – Say it with us: That’s over a ONE IN A MILLION chance of even falling ill, let alone dying.
  • – We can’t even give you the death estimates, given that they sit at zero for the Johnson & Johnson jab.
  • – From the current data, you have a 0.0000088% chance of getting a blood clot from J&J. Take your vaccines, people…

What is more likely to kill you?

The chances of you dying from a blood clot caused by the AstraZeneca vaccine, OR simply experiencing a blood clot as a result of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, stands at a little over 1 000 000 to one. We like those odds, and if you are still unsure, we’ve put together a list of what’s more likely to happen to you:

Flip a coin 20 times, get Heads 20 timesAround 1 000 000/1

Getting killed by a cowJust under 1 000 000/1

Drowning in a bathtub 840 000/1

Getting struck by lightning700 000/1

Being hit by a meteorite 700 000/1

Winning an Olympic Gold Medal 662 000/1

Becoming a parent to conjoined twins200 000/1

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Presh JM Reporter

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