King County woman dies of very rare blood-clotting side effect from Johnson & Johnson vaccine

<p><p>A King County woman in her late 30s has died from a very rare side effect of the Johnson &amp; Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.</p></p><p><p>“Sadly, this is the first such death in Washington state,” Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah said in a statement. “We send our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.”</p></p><p><p>Of the more than 14.8 million U.S. residents who have received the J&amp;J vaccine, four people have died from a very rare form of blood clotting in combination with low platelet levels, called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p></p><p><p>The CDC verified that the King County woman who died was vaccinated on Aug. 26 with the Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccine and died on Sept. 7, and her cause of death has been determined as thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS).</p></p><p><p>In April, the CDC paused administration of the J&amp;J vaccine after blood-clotting was noted in a handful of cases associated with the single-dose vaccine.</p></p><p><p>Following an examination of these cases, the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration lifted the pause on the J&amp;J vaccine, deciding that the benefits of vaccination far outweighed the risk.</p></p><p><p>As of July 8, the CDC had verified 38 cases of TTS following the J&amp;J vaccine. Women ages 18 to 49 are at higher risk for this side effect.</p></p><p><p>The risk of thrombosis remains very low, and a CDC analysis found that for every 1 million J&amp;J vaccine doses administered to women ages 18 to 49, seven TTS cases could be expected, while 297 COVID hospitalizations and six COVID deaths could be prevented.</p></p><p><p>Out of 12.5 million doses of the J&amp;J vaccine administered as of July 8, 38 people have had confirmed cases of TTS, according to the CDC, and the majority of these people have recovered.</p></p><p><p>Symptoms of thrombosis after receiving the J&amp;J vaccine include a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg swelling, nausea or shortness of breath from a week to two weeks after vaccination.</p></p><p><p>If you are experiencing these side effects following vaccination, health officials ask you to contact your health care provider or an urgent care center.</p></p><p><p>Neither of the mRNA vaccines, from Moderna and Pfizer, have been associated with blood clotting, and the vaccines remain the most effective way to prevent hospitalization and death from COVID-19, health officials said.</p></p><p><p>Unvaccinated Washington residents are <a href=”https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/data-tables/421-010-CasesInNotFullyVaccinated.pdf” target=”_blank”>more likely to be hospitalized</a> for COVID-19 than fully vaccinated residents. In 12- to 34-year-olds, unvaccinated residents are 26 times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19, and in 35- to 64-year-olds, unvaccinated residents are 20 times more likely to be hospitalized with the virus.</p></p><p><h3>Here’s a look at local numbers:</h3></p><p><p>The Spokane Regional Health District reported 329 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death on Tuesday.</p></p><p><p>There have been 853 deaths due to COVID-19 in Spokane County residents.</p></p><p><p>There are 187 COVID patients hospitalized in Spokane .</p></p><p><p>The Panhandle Health District reported 243 new COVID-19 cases and an approximate backlog of 1,949 cases.</p></p><p><p>There are 146 Panhandle residents hospitalized. Kootenai Health is treating a record high number of COVID patients, with 145 COVID inpatients, including 42 in critical care and four pediatric patients.</p></p>