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UNC Health is closely monitoring the situation regarding the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. As a precaution, we will follow the FDA’s recommendation and pause vaccinations using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until federal authorities are able to review data and provide further guidance. Patients who were scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at UNC Health vaccination clinics today will be offered one of the other vaccines where possible or rescheduled as necessary. Severe reactions are rare. Click here for information on when to seek medical care.

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Understanding vaccine eligibility for those with one or more high-risk medical conditions.

High-risk individuals in Group 4 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This group includes anyone age 16-64 years old with one or more high-risk medical conditions identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness. These include:

  • Asthma (moderate to severe)
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrovascular disease or history of stroke
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Dementia or other neurologic condition
  • Diabetes type 1 or 2
  • Down Syndrome
  • A heart condition such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from: immune deficiencies, HIV, taking chronic steroids or other immune weakening medicines, history of solid organ blood or bone marrow transplant
  • Liver disease, including hepatitis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease (not including sickle cell trait) or thalassemia
  • Smoking (current or former, defined as having smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime)

The CDC may update the list of high-risk conditions as scientists learn more about COVID-19.

If you are currently eligible, you must schedule an appointment to receive a vaccine. Walk-ins are not accepted. Visit Get Vaccinated to learn more about making an appointment.

As more vaccines become available, other groups will become eligible for vaccination. Eventually, everyone who wants a vaccine will be able to receive one. Find out when you will be eligible here.

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