Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Important Notice about the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Vaccine

Lifespan is following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) joint recommendation released this morning to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine until further notice, due to reports of a very rare type of blood clot in a small handful of individuals who received the vaccine.  Lifespan is closely following the FDA and CDC alerts and will post updated information to this page as it becomes available.  
If you received the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine and have concerns please discuss these with your physician. If you are having an urgent health issue please contact 911.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the concerns with the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine? What is Lifespan doing about it?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are recommending a pause in use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, while they investigate six reported cases (out of approximately 6.8 million doses administered) of a very rare blood clot in individuals who received the vaccine. Lifespan is following this recommendation and pausing all use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, until further notice.

Have Lifespan offices or clinics administered the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

Lifespan has administered the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to a small number (less than 5%) of its patients.

How do I know if I received the J&J vaccine?

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is different from others available in that it is a single dose. You can look at your vaccine card to be sure of the type you received. You can also look up your vaccination record, including which vaccine you received, at this RI Department of Health site:

How do I know if I’m having a reaction to the vaccine? 

As with any of the COVID-19 vaccines, there may be an immune response (fever, chills, aches, flu-like symptoms). If you are having symptoms and are concerned about their severity, we recommend that you contact your health care provider. The FDA and CDC announcement today advises that: People who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. 

I have an appointment scheduled – how do I know I won’t be getting Johnson & Johnson?

Effective immediately with the FDA announcement early on Tuesday, April 13, Lifespan has paused all use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. All currently scheduled and upcoming appointments will be using the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, until further notice.

Updated April 13, 2021, 1 p.m.