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What is the Status of the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a joint statement on April 13th recommending a pause in using the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. There have been very rare reports of a severe blood clot condition, cerebral venous thrombosis, in adults who received the vaccine. Only 6 of the more than 6.8 million people who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have reported this condition.
Arkansas Children's has not administered any Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
The CDC and FDA recommended this pause so they can review these cases in detail. We do not know if this condition is occurring more often in Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinated people than it would in the usual population. The CDC and FDA are undertaking this re-evaluation in an abundance of caution to inform future use of this vaccine.
Who is eligible for the vaccine?
On 3/30/21, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced individuals 16+ are now allowed to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Arkansas Children’s is now administering the vaccine to individuals between the ages of 16 and 21.
Can my child get the vaccine somewhere other than Arkansas Children’s?
Yes. Your family may have access to the vaccine at another community clinic or local pharmacy. Please research the options available at the ADH website.
We want individuals to receive the vaccine in the manner most convenient and helpful for their families.
How do we register for the vaccination?
Individuals between the ages of 16 and 21 can schedule the first vaccine dose one of two ways:
Second doses will be scheduled during your first dose appointment.
Which vaccine is being administered?
Arkansas Children’s is pleased to offer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to our qualifying individuals. General information about this vaccine can be found on the CDC website.
Requesting access is simple using our online form. Once your request has been approved, we will email or text your activation code within one business day.Sign Up for MyChart Today
Arkansas Children's promotes the health and well-being of our staff, patients, and visitors through a tobacco and nicotine-free environment. All Arkansas Children's campuses are tobacco and smoke-free. Through programs designed to help adhere to the hospital’s commitment to become tobacco and smoke-free, we will make every effort to support patients, families, and staff with the implementation of this policy.
This decision was made in support of our mission to enhance, sustain and restore the health and development of children and to create and maintain a healthy environment for employees, physicians, families and visitors.