Why the FDA Restricted Use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 Vaccine

Published May 6, 2022

Health magazine quoted Thomas A. Russo, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, on why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration restricted Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine to only a select group of people. "We've always recommended that, if you initially go with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you're better off getting the Moderna or Pfizer booster shot," Russo said. "While the risks of TTS [a rare and potentially fatal blood-clotting condition] after the J&J vaccine are low, they're not zero and we have other options."