Belvin Reed, RN, BSN,
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Vaccine Development

The COVID-19 vaccine builds on years of scientific research and an unprecedented level of scientific investment and cooperation. It is well known that every study and every phase of every trial was carefully reviewed and approved by a safety board and the Food and Drug Administration  (FDA). Like the procedures for other vaccines and drugs, the process was transparent and rigorous throughout, with continual oversight and expert approval. 

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After any vaccine is successful in clinical trials and authorized for use, the FDA continues to monitor it for safety. As a result of the continued monitoring process, on July 12th the FDA announced it is adding a warning label to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, noting increased risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome (herein “GBS”).  This new warning is based on preliminary data, after about 100 reports of GBS were detected in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, out of more than 12.8 million administered doses of the J&J vaccine administered.  This identification of what amounts to less than 2-in-a-million risk associated with the J&J vaccine is a sign that the nation’s safety monitoring system for COVID vaccines is working.  It should be noted that GBS is a rare condition, and the risk of contracting it due to the J&J vaccine is very low. 

J&J COVID-19 vaccine is the only vaccine that requires a single dose, making it convenient and preferred for many individuals.  In the U.S. nearly all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are now occurring in unvaccinated people – regardless of which vaccine was administered (J&J, Moderna or Pfizer).  The CDC recommends that everyone age 12 years and older receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  If you have questions about the J&J vaccine or other vaccines, talk to your doctor.    For more general information about vaccine development visit the New Jersey Department of Health.

To find out more  on how mRNA vaccines are made visit the CDC

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