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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 administration.

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 CDC website.

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 vaccination effort.

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.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

Boulder Community Health offers the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. People age 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated as of 5 p.m. on Friday, April 2. 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.