Was It Really Necessary to Pull Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine?
I think the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine was pulled because of an overabundance of caution.
Some 6.8 million people received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine so far. Six people were reported to have issues with blood clots, one of which has died. Do you want to see what that percentage looks like? Here you go: 0.00008823529411764706 percent.
We actually made a joke around the office that you could give 6.8 million people a ham sandwich and have more problems than that.
While we're here, let's look at some other statistics. Your chance of being killed by lightning is 1 in 138,149, or 0.0007238561263563254. Did you notice that has one less zero after the decimal point?
To spare myself from additional mathematical corrections, let's just look at some of the other chances of bad stuff happening to you. You have a 1 in 3.7 million chance of being eaten by a shark. You also have a .6 percent chance of dying during consensual sex.
I guess I could go on and on, but I think you get it at this point. A lot of people are surprised that COVID-19 vaccines were developed in a year and whether they're safe. Everyone needs to remember is that these vaccines were actually based on existing science. Everyone also needs to remember what large numbers really mean. Six in 6.8 million is almost the same as zero.
I'm hoping they will put the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine back out with a warning. Don't get me wrong, those six people are in my thoughts, but statistically, this really wasn't worth pulling a pandemic-stopping (or slowing) vaccine off the market.
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