Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Suspended

Thursday, April 15, 2021 – Denver Health has stopped giving the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The vaccine is pending a review of reported cases of a rare but serious type of blood clot that occurs in the brain or abdomen. These adverse reactions are extremely rare, with only six reported cases out of more than 6.8 million doses administered in the United States.

Out of the total 127,062 COVID-19 vaccines Denver Health has administered, 2,243 people received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those individuals with active MyChart accounts have been notified about the current pause and next steps.

Anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last three weeks who develops severe headache, difficulty breathing, leg pain or stomach pain should contact their primary care provider. These symptoms are different from the flu-like symptoms people may experience after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. The risk of side effects is very low for those who received the vaccine more than a month ago. Please read Chief Medical Officer Dr. Connie Savor Price’s email to staff for further guidance.

COVID-19 Inpatient and Vaccination Numbers

As of Thursday, April 15, 16 COVID-19 positive patients are hospitalized at Denver Health. Thirteen are on inpatient floors, and three are in the Intensive Care Unit. As of 12:30 p.m. today, Denver Health had administered 127,062 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 information for Denver County can be found by visiting Denver Public Health COVID-19 data.

Second Vaccination Appointment Now Scheduled Automatically

As of Wednesday, April 14, Epic has begun testing a new “silent scheduling” system at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Pavilion M. When patients get their first shot, the new system automatically schedules them for their second shot. There is no longer a need to manually schedule patients’ second vaccination appointment. Additionally, vaccine manufacturers (Moderna and Pfizer) are now listed next to the name of each clinic site in MyChart to inform patients which vaccine they will receive.

For more information and resources, visit the Denver Health COVID-19 Help Center. If you have questions related to Denver Health’s COVID-19 response, send an email to COVID-19@dhha.org.

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