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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.

Trials for younger children expected to begin this year.

Pfizer and BioNTech have started clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine in 4,000 healthy pregnant women.

The study will look at how safe and effective the vaccines are in pregnant women and their infants.

The vaccine developers also plan to begin testing the vaccines in children between the ages of 5 and 11 over the next couple months. Children younger than 5 years old could begin trials later in 2021. The vaccines are already being tested in children ages 12-15 and results are expected this spring.

For Women Who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding
Vaccine Information for Parents

If you are interested in participating in a COVID-19 vaccine trial or would like your child to participate, you can register on the national COVID-19 Prevention Network website. You will be asked to answer a few simple questions to see if you or your child can participate.