All BHSJCHA clinics will use Moderna or Pfizer vaccine until otherwise directed

Coldater, MI – The Branch Hillsdale St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJCHA) is
pausing all use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA and CDC
have recommended this pause, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
(MDHHS) has confirmed it.

“We are stopping all use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until we have more information
and guidance,” says Health Officer, Rebecca Burns, “There is no impact on use of the Pfizer or
Moderna vaccines.”

According to a joint statement from the CDC and FDA, as of April 12, more than 6.8 million
doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen ) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC
and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of
blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine.

People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain,
leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health
care provider. Health care providers are asked to report adverse events to the Vaccine
Adverse Event Reporting System at https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html.

“There are no clinics with Johnson & Johnson vaccine on our calendar this week, so none of
our clinics will be canceled,” says Health Officer, Rebecca Burns. Moderna and Pfizer vaccine
clinics will continue as scheduled this week with the exception of the Friday, April 16 clinic at
Dearth Center which is being moved to Bronson High School.

Moderna and Pfizer vaccine appointments can be scheduled on the BHSJCHA site at
http://www.bhsj.org or a list of pharmacies scheduling vaccine appointments near you can be found
at http://www.vaccinefinder.org.

BHSJCHA is committed to promoting wellness, preventing disease, providing healthcare, and
protecting the environment. For additional information, contact your local health department
office or visit http://www.bhsj.org and follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BHSJCHA.