Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine and Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia – Update for Clinicians on Early Detection and Treatment

On April 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory about the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are reviewing data involving six U.S. cases of a rare type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine that were reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). One patient died. CDC recommends pausing the use of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine until the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is able to further review these cerebral venous sinus thrombosis cases in the context of thrombocytopenia and assess their potential significance. To read the full report, click here.

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This COCA Call will be held on Friday, March 27, 2020


This COCA Call will present the latest evidence on cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) with thrombocytopenia associated with the administration of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.  Speakers will discuss what is  known about CVST, the importance of early detection, and updated vaccine recommendations.


Sara Oliver, MD, MSPH
LCDR, U.S. Public Health Service
Co-lead, Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices COVID-19 Vaccines Work Group
COVID-19 Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tom Shimabukuro, MD, MPH, MBA
CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service
Vaccine Safety Team Lead
COVID-19 Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Thursday, April 15, 2021,
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