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BCH Pauses Use of J&J Vaccine - Updated April 13, 2021
In keeping with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Boulder Community
Health (BCH) will stop administering the Johnson & Johnson (J&J)
vaccine while experts determine if the vaccine contributes to development
of a rare blood clotting disorder that has emerged in six vaccine recipients.
The CDC and FDA state that the pause in vaccine administration is being
done in an abundance of caution to evaluate six cases of a severe but
rare clotting disorder that occurred in women ages 18 to 48 years and
appeared 6-13 days after vaccination.
Approximately 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been given
in the United States. The national response to these six cases speaks
to the careful ongoing monitoring that is taking place with COVID-19 vaccine
People who have received the J&J vaccine and develop severe headache,
abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after
vaccination should contact their health care provider. Other symptoms
experienced in the first couple days after vaccination are more likely
to be typical side effects associated with vaccine administration. Additional
information is available on the
There have been no serious medical issues associated with the Pfizer and
Moderna vaccines and administration of these will continue at BCH.
BCH continues to support vaccination as a critical tool in ending the COVID-19
pandemic and careful monitoring of safety as a key element of the national
There’s intense interest in understanding more about the COVID vaccines.
We encourage you to watch a thorough and valuable presentation from Dr.
Mark King and Dr. Amie Meditz of BCH’s Beacon Center for Infectious
Diseases. The presentation — below — includes information
on how the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines work, side effects, and much more.
While the vaccine rollout is a vital step in our fight against COVID-19,
it’s important to remember that mask-wearing and social distancing
continue to be critical components in this fight.
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