Pregnant women should avoid the J&J COVID-19 vaccine once it returns, doctors say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said pregnant women need to avoid getting the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

The warning is in place because pregnant women are more likely to experience blood clots.

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Rhiannon Daugs is pregnant with a baby girl.

She plans on doing research then making the best decision for herself and the baby.

“It’s not a worry factor for me but for a baby you have to know the risks so I don’t want to put our child in that situation,” said Daugs.

Daugs is expecting a baby girl in mid-June.

Her plan is to get vaccinated after she gives birth so she can pass the antibodies to her baby.

“Better to play it safe a little bit longer but I’m still 100 percent trying to get the vaccine,” said Daugs.

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According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, she should avoid the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

This warning comes after six women reported a rare type of blood clot.

To put this in perspective, this is six cases out of more than 6.8 million doses in the U.S.

“My fear is, I hope patients don’t feel afraid to get other COVID vaccines, this is unique to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine,” said Dr. Aric Giddens.

Giddens is the president of the Memphis OGYN Association.

He said this warning is in place because pregnant women are more likely to experience blood clots.

He suggests pregnant women get the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine due to the warning.

Still, he hopes this new warning doesn’t scare people away from getting vaccinated in general.

“Your odds of dying of COVID is one in a few hundred and one in a million chances of adverse effects of a vaccine is much less than the odds of dying if you get the disease,” said Dr. Giddens.

Meanwhile, Daugs said she is looking forward to starting her new family.

“Yeah we are very excited, looking forward to everyone getting their vaccine so they can go back to normal,” said Daugs.

ACOG said when the J&J vaccine becomes available again, pregnant women should still not get that shot just in case.

Right now it’s still unclear if the blood clots are caused by vaccines.

This is currently being reviewed by the FDA and the CDC.