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COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Age 12-17



COVID-19 Vaccine Info

BCH Resumes Use of J&J Vaccine - Updated May 10, 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) has resumed administering the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.

All individuals younger than 50 years old should be aware of a rare but significant side effect associated with the J&J vaccine. If you are in this age group, we recommend that you consider using either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine instead of the J&J option. (Please note: We cannot offer a choice Pfizer or Moderna. Availability is based on inventory supply.)

By reviewing and acknowledging the risk associated with this potential side effect, you may still choose to receive the J&J vaccine if you prefer:

  • The rare side effect is called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome. This is a serious blood clot that can occur in the blood vessels in your brain and lead to neurologic disability. This occurs at a rate of 1 in 140,000 doses in women and 1 in 500,000 doses overall (as of April 2021).
  • This side effect typically occurs about eight days after receiving the vaccine. The reported range is 6 to 15 days.
  • After you receive the vaccine, you should notify your doctor or seek medical care if you develop:
    • Shortness of breath
    • Chest pain
    • Leg swelling
    • Persistent abdominal pain • Neurological symptoms (including severe or persistent headaches or blurred vision)
    • Red-purple discoloration on your body at locations other than the vaccination site

Video: BCH Infectious Disease Specialists Review COVID-19 Vaccine

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

Boulder Community Health offers the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. People age 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated. You can self-schedule appointments using the free MyBCH patient portal. Learn more about our vaccination process on our general vaccine information page.

For updates related to COVID-19, please see our COVID-19 page.