VA NorCal Update on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) will resume offering the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years and older, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance, following a 10-day pause recommended by the CDC and FDA after a very small number of people who received the vaccine experienced rare but serious blood clots.

After careful review and evaluation, the FDA and CDC have confidence that this vaccine is safe for use and effective in preventing COVID-19. The available data show the vaccine’s benefits outweigh its risks, and the chance of blood clots occurring following its administration is very low. Anyone who is offered the J&J vaccine from VA will receive information about the potential risks and benefits of the vaccine. The primary goal of the COVID-19 vaccination is to protect those we serve and ensure the safety of all those receiving vaccines.

Upcoming J&J Vaccine Events

VA NorCal will be offering the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine at the Saturday events listed below. Appointments are encouraged. However, walk-in visits will be accepted while supplies last. To request an appointment, call 800-382-8387 and select option 8. The call center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding federal holidays, Monday through Friday.

VANCHCS is continuing to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans, their spouses, and caregivers, and CHAMPVA recipients by appointment, on a walk-in basis, and during events on Saturdays and in the community across Northern California. Walk-in vaccine clinics are open to ages 18 and older. No documentation is required. However, those not enrolled in VA health care will be asked to register on-site.

Please keep in mind that walk-in visits will be accepted while supplies last. The best way to ensure supply is available during your visit is to schedule a vaccine appointment. Call 800-382-8387, option 8, to request a vaccine appointment at VA NorCal.

For more information, visit https://www.northerncalifornia.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp