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Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating an adverse reaction in a Texas woman who was hospitalized after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The vaccine is still on pause "out of an abundance of caution" after six extremely rare cases, where women, between ages 18-48, developed brain blood clots.
This is the first of cases to be reported in Texas out of 616,000 doses distributed. The Texas woman was hospitalized with "symptoms that appear to be consistent" with the other cases reported across the U.S. No other information was released to protect her privacy.
The agencies are still gathering data to include with the other cases and DSHS associate commissioner for laboratory and infectious disease services Imelda Garcia said any adverse effects should be reported to vaers.hhs.gov. "It's important to remember that just because something is reported it doesn't necessarily mean that it was caused by or linked to the vaccine," Garcia said.
Symptoms to look for within three weeks of the shot:
- Severe headache
- Abdominal pain
- Leg pain
- Shortness of breath
The CDC said new confirmed cases will be updated at the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting on Friday.
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A week after Texas added two congressional seats and California lost one, state officials reported a population decline in 2020 for the first time in the Golden State's history.
California fell by over 182,000 people from January 2020 to January 2021, dropping almost 0.5% to cap out at around 39.5 million people. It is still the nation's most populous state.
For over thirty years, California has seen more people leave than move in from other states, state officials said, with 6.1 million people moving out and 4.9 million coming in last year. Immigration and births kept California growing, but the state saw a shrink in international migration in 2020 due to COVID and the White House's hold on visas.
Of the steady flow of ex-Californians moving to other states, more are moving to Texas than any other state. Many are relocating to Austin, which has been labeled a "little California" by billionaire resident Elon Musk and continues to grow astronomically.
Meanwhile, California cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco saw a population decline.
With immigration and state migration on the decline, the Golden State was also hit with a spike in deaths- 51,000 people died from COVID in 2020, and all but seven of the state's counties saw death rates higher than the three-year average.
Still, the California Department of Finance said a "slightly positive annual growth" can be expected next year as the state recovers from COVID deaths and political repercussions.
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