What is the update on the Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine?


CDC and FDA have recommended a pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine in the United States out of an abundance of caution, effective Tuesday, April 13. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold its second emergency meeting to discuss J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine on April 23, 2021. People who have received the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine within the past three weeks who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath should seek medical care right away.


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Recommendation to Pause Use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccination Tips

Where can I get vaccinated when I am 16/17?

At this moment, Pfizer is the only recommended vaccine for patients 16 and 17 years old. There continue to be many options available for getting vaccinated, such as any of the following:

  • DHS, federal, and locally run community-based vaccination clinics
  • Pharmacies
  • Health care providers
  • Local and tribal health departments
  • Employers
More information about each of these options is available on the COVID-19 where to get vaccinated page. To find a local vaccine provider, visit the schedule a vaccination page or VaccineFinder. Individuals can also call the toll-free vaccine hotline at 844-684-1064 with questions or help finding or registering for a vaccination appointment. The hotline is also available in Hindi, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.

I am looking for a vaccine appointment at night/on the weekend.

For those individuals looking for night/weekend vaccination appointment times, we would recommend checking with a local pharmacy or check-out a DHS community-based vaccination clinic. DHS community-based vaccination clinics provide vaccinations to individuals who live, work, or study in Wisconsin. To schedule an appointment at one of these clinics, register, and schedule through the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry or call toll-free at 1-844-684-1064. After registration, individuals will be able to schedule their appointment. Each site is open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. DHS community-based vaccination clinics are located in the following counties:

  • Barron County: UW-Eau Claire, Barron County, Rice Lake, WI
  • Douglas County: UW-Superior Wessman Arena, Superior, WI
  • La Crosse County: UW-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
  • Marathon County: Northcentral Technical College, Wausau, WI
  • Racine County: Regency Mall, Racine, WI
  • Rock County: Blackhawk Technical College, Janesville, WI
Pharmacy Parners

How do I schedule my second dose appointment?

If you've already received your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), you should try to receive your second dose at the same location. When you schedule your first dose at Sunnyview Expo Center, you will receive a link, to the email you provide, to schedule your second dose.

How long should I wait inbetween doses?

If you receive a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, you will need 2 shots to get the most protection. COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable. If you received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, you should get the same product for your second shot. You should get your second shot even if you have side effects after the first shot, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get it.

  • If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, you should get your second shot 3 weeks (or 21 days) after your first.
  • If you received the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, you should get your second shot 4 weeks (or 28 days) after your first.
  • If you received the Janssen/Johnson& Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine, you will not need to recieve asecond dose.