First Case: Rare blood-clotting condition linked to J&J vaccine

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The first case of a rare blood-clotting condition thought to be linked to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has been diagnosed in Utah.

A man under 50 was recently diagnosed with vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia, also known as VITT, at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, university health officials said Wednesday.

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The patient was treated and is now recovering at home, according to Dr. Yazan Abou-Ismail, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology at University of Utah Health.

“He continues to do well and feel well,” Abou-Ismail said at a Wednesday news conference.

The blood clot condition led to a nationwide pause on administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine last month after six cases were reported among over 6 million people who received the vaccine. The pause was lifted on April 23 after federal regulators determined the vaccine’s continued use is safe.

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