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Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

“As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine.” 

Lowell CHC Responds to J&J Vaccine Pause

Lowell CHC CEO Susan West Levine spoke with WBUR about the center’s ability to pivot in response to the pause in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.The center is using the Moderna vaccine, which is not affected by the safety review, and no appointments were canceled. “We are on an hour-by-hour planning basis at the moment,” Levine said.

Lowell CHC Pauses J&J Vaccine; Moderna Vaccines Not Affected

In accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Lowell Community Health Center is pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. We are administering the Moderna vaccine, which is not affected by the recent safety review, so if you are scheduled for a vaccine at Lowell CHC, it is important that you keep your appointment. We are not canceling appointments. You can help #stopthespread of COVID-19 by getting vaccinated.

The FDA has reported that, as of 4/12/21, 6.8 million+ doses (181,034 in Massachusetts) of the J&J vaccine have been administered. The CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals receiving the vaccine. Per the CDC and FDA: People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. 

 

Lowell CHC Offers New Online Vaccine Booking

Lowell Community Health Center is offering an easier online system for booking COVID-19 vaccine appointments. When patients are eligible for the vaccine and an appointment is available, they will receive a secure text with a link to register for the vaccine. Patients may still call 978-547-1686 to book an appointment, if they prefer not to use the online system.

Lowell Community Health Center partners with Notable Health

Lowell Community Health Center is the first independent, federally qualified community health center to use Notable Health to mobilize its COVID-19 vaccination efforts and support efforts to improve patient access and remove barriers to care.

COVID-19 Vaccination Equity Report

As part of demonstrating Lowell Community Health Center’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and combatting racism, we have begun producing a COVID-19 Vaccination Equity Report. This report provides details from the first 7 weeks of vaccine distribution here at the Health Center.

Federal and state leaders celebrate $5.3M Lowell CHC funding

U.S. Senator Edward Markey, Congresswoman Lori Trahan, and state and local leaders gathered to celebrate the American Rescue Plan’s investment in community health centers, including Lowell CHC, during the COVID-19 crisis.  

Lowell CHC Gains Funding and Access to Address COVID-19 Vaccine

Two-year funding and increased access to vaccines will allow Lowell CHC to address COVID-19 and bolster our commitment to equitable, affordable, quality care for our patients as we recover from the pandemic. There is much work to be done! 

 

A Message of Solidarity

We are deeply sorrowed by the recent murders in Atlanta targeting Asian American women. Over the past year, the Asian community across this nation has experienced discrimination and acts of violence that are deeply alarming. As a health center, we have come together to speak out against racism and xenophobia. It is our moral imperative to continue to take active steps to address racism as a public health crisis and oppose systemic racism in all its forms.

We stand with our Asian community, which includes so many of our patients and our staff. We want to acknowledge your pain, your sadness, your hurt, and your anger. Let us all work together to #StopAsianHate. It has no place in our community, in our nation, or our world.

New Partnership to Increase Equitable Access to COVID Vaccine

Lowell CHC has launched a partnership with Notable Health to increase equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccines. Lowell CHC is the first independent, federally qualified community health center deploying Notable’s intelligent automation platform to mobilize a COVID-19 vaccination effort.

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