LAST UPDATED: April 16, 2021
Siskiyou Community Health Center’s priority is always the safety of our patients and community. In light of findings of infrequent adverse events associated with the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, and by the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), we will temporarily pause administration of the Janssen vaccine out of an abundance of caution.
We are committed to the COVID-19 vaccination effort and will continue to provide the Moderna vaccine at our drive-thru vaccination clinics in Grants Pass and Cave Junction.
As of April 12th, 6.8 million people in the U.S. have received the Janssen vaccine. The CDC and the FDA are reviewing data involving six reported cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in these individuals after receiving the Janssen vaccine. This blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. Treatment of this specific type of blood clot is different from the treatment that might typically be administered.
Anyone who has received the Janssen vaccine in the last three weeks and is experiencing severe headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath, should contact their primary care provider or seek a same-day visit with our Walk-In Clinic. Patients may also call our COVID-19 Hotline at (541) 472-4700.
Siskiyou Community Health Center is committed to the health and well-being of the community and will continue to care for our patients during the COVID-19 outbreak. It is our intention to avoid sending patients to the Emergency Room whenever possible so they can care for the most critical patients. In order to maintain the highest level of safety for our patients, staff, and health care providers, we’ve made some changes in protocol and have implemented the use of telemedicine visits when appropriate. For all patients seen in the office, be assured we have a rigorous cleaning process of the entire clinic to prevent the spread of infection.
Siskiyou Community Health Center is offering same-day COVID-19 testing for our patients, including patients of our Walk-In Clinic. All tests require a lab order from a medical provider.
If you are seeking testing, have symptoms or exposure to COVID-19…
- Stay home and contact your Siskiyou Community Health Center primary care provider.
- If you do not have a primary care provider at Siskiyou Community Health Center, a Walk-In Clinic provider can evaluate your symptoms through our virtual visit platform. Click here for information on scheduling a virtual visit.
- For more information, contact the Siskiyou Community Health Center COVID-19 Hotline at (541) 472-4700.