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As recently announced by the FDA and CDC , individuals ages 12 and older can now 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

Based on the most current recommendation from the FDA and CDC, we are resuming offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to our patients and the community after a temporary pause. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The FDA and CDC have determined that the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is safe and highly effective in preventing serious illness from COVID-19. Additionally, the benefits of receiving the vaccine outweigh the potential risks or adverse events.
  • Reports of adverse events following the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine appear to be extremely rare. However, women younger than 50 years old may be at an increased risk. Although it is very unlikely, you should seek medical assistance immediately if you have any of these symptoms after receiving the vaccine.
    • Shortness of breath
    • Chest pain
    • Swelling in your leg
    • Persistent abdominal (belly) pain
    • Neurological symptoms, including severe and persistent headaches or blurred vision
    • Tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the site of injection
  • If you prefer, you can choose to receive another COVID-19 vaccine for which this risk has not been seen.

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 All three vaccines are proven to be highly effective in preventing serious illness from COVID-19, and all are recommended. Common mild to moderate side effects include soreness at the injection site, fever, body aches and chills. Age 12 and older
Moderna mRNA Two injections 28 days apart Adults 18 and older
Johnson & Johnson Adenovirus vector One injection

Frequently Asked Questions

 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.