A father of seven, 43, has been left paralyzed on one side of his body and unable to talk after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, according to the man’s family.
Brad Malagarie, of St. Martin, Mississippi, suffered a stroke caused by a blood clot in his left middle cerebral artery in his brain within four hours of being inoculated with the one-dose shot, his family claimed in a Facebook donation page set up to help pay for his recovery.
News of his condition comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Tuesday they were recommending a pause shot after six women developed rare, but serious, blood clots out of 7.2 million vaccinations.
The figure of six was later updated to include nine people, including two people during clinical trials and seven after the vaccine was approved for emergency use.
There is currently no evidence to suggest that the vaccines caused any of the blood clots, including the clot suffered Malgarie.
All previous reports of blood clots occurred between six and 13 days after receiving the one-dose shot compared to Malgarie, who suffered the clot just a few hours later.
After delaying a vote on Wednesday, the CDC’s advisory committee meet again on April 23 to recommend whether or not lift the pause on J&J’s vaccine.
Malagarie’s family told WLOX they are convinced the vaccine is to blame for the 43-year-old’s condition.
Malagarie received the COVID-19 vaccine around midday on April 6 and returned to his office.
A few hours later, his coworkers noticed he was slumped unresponsive at his desk and he was rushed to hospital, the outlet reported.
Doctors diagnosed him with a stroke caused by the blood clot in his brain.
Moderna and Pfizer – the makers of the two other vaccines available in the US – are said to have declined while AstraZeneca was happy to come on board.
AstraZeneca, which the US has not authorized but is administered in many other countries including the UK and Australia, has also seen rare reports of clots in people who have received its vaccine.
In its case, British and European regulators have stressed that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.
The CDC and FDA issued its shock advice to pause the J&J rollout Tuesday.
The same day, J&J also announced it was delaying the rollout of the vaccine in Europe, and pausing clinical trials while it investigates the possible link to blood clots.
Of the 7.1 million people who have received the one-shot vaccine in the US and been protected from COVID-19, only six cases of blood clots have been confirmed.
This equates to 0.00008 percent of those who received the shot.
Meanwhile, 0.27 percent of the US population suffer from Deep Vein Thrombosis – a more severe form of blood clot – every year.
All of the cases so far involved women aged between 18 and 48 years old.
It is not clear if the women had underlying conditions that may have caused them to be more likely to get blood clots.
One of the woman died and another is in critical condition in the hospital in Nebraska.