VDH COVID-19 Update: Reschedule your J&J vaccine appointment

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VDH COVID-19 Update: Reschedule your J&J vaccine appointment

Fri, 04/16/2021 - 8:34am -- tim

COVID-19 Daily Update 

April 15, 2021

New or updated information is in red and bold

This update is available online at healthvermont.gov/covid19

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Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinics cancelled through Friday, April 23

State officials announced Thursday that Vermont will follow the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and extend the pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for an additional week. The federal pause is in place to allow the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices the time it needs to gather more data about reported side effects. The committee will meet again next week.

This means that all Vermont Johnson & Johnson appointments will be cancelled through Friday, April 23. Anyone who had an appointment cancelled through the state registration system should call 855-722-7878. The Health Department is working hard to open as many additional appointments as possible for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and expects everyone impacted by this pause will be able to get an appointment by the end of April.

Approximately 5,800 Vermont appointments were impacted by the newly extended pause (April 13 through April 23). As soon as the CDC made its announcement on Tuesday, the department began working to proactively reach out to everyone who had an appointment to receive the J&J vaccine. The majority of these have been addressed in some way, including by many people making their own scheduling changes online or by contacting our Vaccine Call Center.

People who made appointments with CVS or Walgreens should follow the pharmacies’ instructions about rescheduling. Anyone who prefers to make a new appointment through the state registration system can call the Health Department at 855-722-7878. Please be sure you have only one appointment scheduled.

All two-dose (Pfizer and Moderna) vaccine appointments will continue as previously scheduled.

The CDC and the Food & Drug Administration recommended the pause on Tuesday, after six cases were reported in the U.S. of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals who had received the J&J vaccine. The pause will also allow time for health care providers to receive and understand guidance and information on how to recognize and treat such patients appropriately, and to report any further severe events they may be seeing in people who have received the J&J vaccine.

“We know it may be difficult to hear about more uncertainty right now, but this is science at work,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. “This extreme caution is being taken to make sure we have all the information needed as we move forward in our vaccination efforts safely.”

Read the press release.

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COVID-19 Activity in Vermont

As of 12 p.m. on April 15, 2021

Data is updated daily.





New cases



(21,664 total)


Currently hospitalized




Hospitalized in ICU




Hospitalized under investigation




Percent Positive (7-day average)




People tested




Total tests




Total people recovered








Find more data on COVID-19 Activity athealthvermont.gov/currentactivity

COVID-19 Vaccine Data

As of 12 p.m. on April 15, 2021

Data is updated Tuesdays through Saturdays. 





Total people who have received least one dose of vaccine


(50.1% of population)


Total people who have completed vaccination


(33.4% of population)


Find more vaccine data on the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard: healthvermont.gov/covid19-vaccine-data.

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