VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
COVID-19 update: Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Updated April 26, 2021
UPDATE: VA is resuming offering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
VA is resuming offering the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years and older. This is in accordance with 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 that 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, including the rare risk of blood clots and will be made aware of alternative vaccine options. The primary goal of COVID-19 vaccination is to protect those we serve from COVID-19, and VA's priority remains the safety of all those receiving vaccine from VA, including Veterans, their spouses, caregivers, employees and federal partners. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines at VA, visit www.va.gov/covidvaccine.
For more information, go to the CDC website.
All Eligible Veterans
VA is offering COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans, their spouses, and certain, eligible caregivers. You do not need to be enrolled in VA healthcare to receive the vaccine as prescribed in the new Save Lives Act recently passed by Congress.
If you are already an eligible, enrolled Veteran and wish to schedule an appointment, please dial our COVID Vaccine Hotline right now at 801-582-1565, ext. 5657 to reserve your vaccine appointment today.
If you meet the Save Lives Act criteria we are offering a first come, first serve, walk-in clinic based on vaccine availability from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday thru Friday at our main SLC Campus. There is no need to make an appointment, simply present to the main lobby of the medical center.
If you live close to one of our community clinics around the region please dial them directly for their Save Lives Act vaccination process.
SAVE LIVES Act Information
With President Joe Biden’s signing of the SAVE LIVES Act into law Wednesday, VA will soon provide COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans, regardless of enrollment or eligibility status. The new act also allows VA to vaccinate Veteran spouses and certain caregivers.
“The SAVE LIVES Act increases the number of individuals who are eligible to get lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines from VA from 9.5 million to more than 33 million,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “Meeting the task of vaccinating this expanded population will be a tremendous undertaking for the VA and will require a significant increase in our allocation of vaccine supply, but I am confident that VA’s workforce is up to the task.” Read more about the SAVE LIVES Act.
Coronavirus Update: Prepare for a visit
Everyone entering our facilities is screened, and visitors are limited. Face coverings are mandatory. Please contact us first before going to any of our locations. For some needs, you may be able to get care at home by phone or video. Updated: April 13. Coronavirus Information and Updates.