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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine on Pause

By Burg Simpson
April 14, 2021
3 min read


On April 13, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a joint statement recommending that further use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine be paused until a review of six reported adverse events could be conducted. According to the letter, six women between the ages of 18 and 48 developed a rare type of blood clot and low level of blood platelets 6-13 days after vaccination. Other news reports indicate that one of the six women died and one is in critical condition.

According to the joint statement, the reason for recommending the pause is to allow time for the CDC, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the FDA to meet and review these adverse events, to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential risk, and to allow the medical community to develop plans for proper recognition and management of this rare blood clot if it develops. Regardless, the FDA and CDC advise anyone who develops a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks of their vaccination to contact their healthcare provider.

Compensation for those Injured by a COVID-19 Vaccine

If you or a loved one has suffered a blood clot or other serious injury due to a COVID-19 vaccine, compensation may be available. The federal government has created the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP), which awards those seriously injured by some types of vaccines (including the COVID-19 vaccine) certain benefits. The benefits available under the program are:

  1.  Compensation for loss of employment income
  2.  Payment for medical expenses, and,
  3. If the injury resulted in death, a death benefit.

In order to receive benefits from the CICP, the injured, the injured’s estate (if the injured is deceased), or an eligible survivor must submit a request to the CICP. The CICP will then determine whether the requester is entitled to benefits. In order to be entitled to benefits, the injury must be serious and there must be evidence to establish either a “table injury” or that the injury was sustained as a direct result of the administration of a vaccine covered by the CICP. A table injury is a list of injuries that the government has presumed can be caused by a particular vaccine, provided that the injury occurred within a specified timeframe. If the evidence establishes a table injury, then benefits will be awarded so long as it is determined that the vaccine more than likely caused the injury.

Unfortunately, obtaining benefits from the CICP is extremely difficult. Of the 701 claims that have been filed since the CICP’s inception in 2010, only 29 claims were compensated. However, an attorney experienced in handling vaccine claims can greatly increase your odds of obtaining compensation. Accordingly, if you are considering seeking CICP benefits, you should speak to an attorney with vaccine program experience.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured by a vaccine, contact one of the experienced attorneys at Burg Simpson’s Cincinnati office today. Our award-winning, compassionate attorneys are experienced with vaccine claims and would be happy to discuss your potential claim. Call the attorneys in Burg Simpson’s Cincinnati office today at 513-852-5600 or fill out our free case evaluation form now to discuss your case with us.


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