April 15, 2021

Your safety is important to us, and getting a vaccine will help you stay safe from COVID-19. The CDC has asked for a temporary pause in using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while they learn more about very rare reports of blood clots after getting the vaccine. To help keep you safe, Multnomah County Community Health Center will offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at all clinics until further notice.

If you have an appointment scheduled with us to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, your appointment is still scheduled and you don’t have to do anything but show up! You will get your first dose of the Moderna vaccine at your appointment, and will make another appointment for your second dose four weeks later.

If you have already received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, your risk of blood clots is very, very low. You don’t need to do anything unless you have these new symptoms within 3 weeks of getting the vaccine:

  • Very bad headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Leg pain
  • Shortness of breath

If you do have these new symptoms, and received the vaccine less than three weeks ago, call your doctor or seek emergency care.

Here are some answers to other common questions about the vaccines.

Why is the J&J vaccine on pause?

The CDC and the FDA are recommending a pause to allow researchers at both agencies time to better understand a small number of reported cases of women developing a rare clotting disorder after receiving the vaccine. As of April 13, 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered and six cases of blood clots have been reported. All six known cases have occurred in women between the ages of 18 and 48, within six to 13 days of receiving the vaccine.

Have there been any reports of this rare condition in Oregon patients after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

There have been no reports of this condition in anyone in Oregon who has received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Does this mean the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is less effective than previously thought?

No. There have been no reports to indicate that the effectiveness of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is affected.

Have there been any recommendations to pause the use of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines?

No. This pause does not impact Moderna and Pfizer vaccine use because these illnesses were not found in people who received Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

You can find more information about COVID-19 vaccines in Oregon on the Oregon Health Authority website.