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As recently announced by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, everyone in Wisconsin ages 16 and older is eligible to get the vaccine at no cost. The Froedtert & MCW health network is committed to the health and safety of our community and is offering safe and convenient ways for you to receive the vaccine. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will help keep you safe, while also helping to protect your family, your loved ones and your community. 

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 Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Update

The CDC and FDA are recommending that the U.S. pause the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine after a small number of people experienced blood clots six to 13 days after receiving the shot.

We understand this situation is concerning, which is why we are following the recommendation to pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine right now. While these adverse events appear to be extremely rare, COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for the federal government, and they take all reports of health problems following COVID-19 vaccination very seriously.

Although it is very unlikely, vaccine recipients should contact their primary care physicians and seek medical assistance immediately if they experience shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling in your leg, persistent abdominal (belly) pain, neurological symptoms (including severe and persistent headaches or blurred vision) or tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the site of injection. The onset of these symptoms has been within 13 days of receiving the vaccine.

If you have an appointment scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at one of our locations, your appointment date, time and location has not changed. In lieu of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, you will be offered the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Benefits of Getting the Vaccine – Stronger Together

A vaccine can limit the spread of the disease by helping to protect you and those around you.  Like all vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine was designed to protect you from contracting the virus or to limit the severity of the disease should you contract it. We know from other diseases and their vaccines that we can slow or stop the spread of disease when roughly 60 to 80 percent of a population gets vaccinated, which is why it’s important to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible.

Type of Vaccine Number of Doses Effectiveness Side Effects Age
Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA Two injections 21 days apart These vaccines are proven to be highly effective in preventing serious illness from COVID-19, and both are recommended. Common mild to moderate side effects include soreness at the injection site, fever, body aches and chills. Age 16 and older
Moderna mRNA Two injections 28 days apart Adults 18 and older
Johnson & Johnson We are following the FDA and CDC’s recommendation to pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and are not currently offering this vaccine.

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 Important Notice: Telephone Scams About the COVID-19 Vaccine
We are aware that some of our patients are receiving fraudulent calls from people claiming to be our representatives and seeking credit card information to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. These calls are not from us. We will not ask for credit card information to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. There are no out-of-pocket costs to individuals for the vaccine. If you receive such a call, hang up. Learn more.