CDC panel recommends Pfizer, Moderna vaccines over J&J shot

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(AP) — U.S. health advisers are recommending that most Americans get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines instead of the Johnson & Johnson shot.

Thursday’s recommendation came after government advisers reviewed new safety data about rare but potentially life-threatening blood clots linked to J&J’s shot. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines don’t come with this risk and are widely available.

Of the 200 million fully vaccinated Americans, only a small fraction – about 16 million – got the J&J option.

Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must decide whether to accept the unusual recommendation.

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