April 16, 2021

UM COVID Communication


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Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Paused

This week, the Food and Drug Administration asked states to temporarily halt using Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine after six women in the U.S. developed a rare blood-clotting disorder. Please read the joint CDC and FDA statement regarding this decision.

A national media call on this matter was held April 13. The recording is on the FDA YouTube channel.

Q:  I already received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. What should I do?

A: According to the joint CDC and FDA statement, all of the six cases of this complication were women between the ages of 18 and 48, and the symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. 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.

Missoula County Board of Health Adopts New COVID-19 Resolutions

The Missoula County Board of Health met Thursday and adopted several resolutions, including one that opens the possibility of changing mask-wearing to a recommendation instead of a mandate. Key to that action is a 60% vaccination uptake for Missoula County residents. There’s also a provision to reinstate the mandate based on COVID-19 cases. The updated Missoula City-County Board of Health Rule and Comprehensive COVID-19 Mitigation Requirements and Recommendations will be reviewed monthly.

UM’s Covid Response Team and COVID-19 Planning Area leads continue to monitor guidance and requirements from the Missoula City-County Board of Health and adjust campus operations as necessary.

Antibody (Serology) Testing for COVID-19

Recently, many UM employees participated in the annual Well Check event on campus, which included an antibody test for COVID-19. The test also was included in the Well Check last fall. The FDA has some background information on antibody testing, including test basics and understanding test results.

UM Second-Dose Clinics Next Week

Next week, UM will hold second-dose clinics for students, employees and their household members who received their first Pfizer vaccine at UM on March 28, 29 or April 2. These appointments have been scheduled already and no additional sign-up is required. Show up at the same time you received your first dose.

Second-dose clinics will be held in the Adams Center on:

  • 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, April 18
  • 1-7 p.m. Monday, April 19
  • 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, April 23

COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available to All Montanans 16 and Older

To find available vaccine clinics, check the Missoula County vaccine website.

Visit Vaccine Finder to find local pharmacies participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

See Missoula County COVID-19 Vaccine Progress

More than 83,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Missoula County and close to 33,000 residents are fully immunized, according to the county vaccine distribution dashboard.

Statewide, more than 629,000 doses have been administered, with close to 271,000 Montanans fully immunized.

Be well,

COVID Response Team


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