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Doctor details symptoms of blood clots after CDC pauses J&J vaccine distribution

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Dr. Mike Kafka with UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's says patients, who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine should watch for specific symptoms between 3 and 16 days after getting their dose.

Those symptoms include: severe headache, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, or pain and swelling in the legs.

In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration say it was investigating clots in six women in the days after the Johnson & Johnson vaccination, in combination with reduced platelet counts.

According to the CDC and FDA, the six women were between the ages of 18 and 48, who were experiencing symptoms between six to 13 days after getting vaccinated.

More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered nationally. 

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