Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients

31

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

7

BMC Inpatients Under Investigation (pending + negatives treated as positives) 

5

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

1,132 (5 new since 4/7)

Massachusetts Cases

624,666

Click to see the most up-to-date city, state, and national numbers: Boston | Massachusetts  | United States

REMINDER: Administration of the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Currently Paused

On April 13, the CDC and FDA recommended a pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine due to six reports of severe stroke-like illness associated with low platelet count. In the U.S., approximately 7 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered, so these adverse events are extremely rare. This pause was recommended out of an abundance of caution to allow for closer review of the data and for education of health care providers related to potential side effects and patient education.

In accordance with guidance from the CDC and FDA, as well the MA Department of Public Health, BMC yesterday paused the administration of the J&J vaccine on our campus and at our community vaccination sites. We currently have ample supply of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and will continue to offer those vaccines to staff and patients.

This specific, rare reaction has not been seen with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, and the risk from the J&J vaccine remains extremely low. BMC continues to strongly encourage all staff, patients, and community members to get vaccinated.

Visit the Hub to read more including what symptoms to watch for if you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you recently received the J&J vaccine and would like to speak with one of our clinicians, please email [email protected] and someone will contact you.

REMINDER: All Massachusetts Adults Eligible for Vaccination Beginning April 19

On Monday, April 19, everyone in Massachusetts age 16 or older will become eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. BMC will continue to vaccinate individuals on our campus and at our community vaccination sites. Appointments can be booked on the state vaccination website, while patients with on-campus appointments can also walk in to one of our on-campus vaccination sites.

As a reminder, BMC has also opened a waitlist for vaccinations that’s available to anyone in Massachusetts. Once the form is submitted, we will call, email, or text to schedule an appointment once the person is eligible for a vaccination according to Massachusetts guidelines. Please encourage any family, friends, or community members who have not otherwise been able to schedule an appointment to sign up for this waitlist.

Please note that submitting the form does not guarantee an appointment and due to supply, it might take several weeks, after someone becomes eligible, until they are notified about an appointment.

NEW: Free Boston Metered Parking For Health Care Workers Will End on April 20

As of Tuesday, April 20, the City of Boston will no longer allow medical workers to park at meters in the city for free. For more information about parking at the Boston Medical Center campus, please visit the BUMC parking page.

NEW: Reminders Regarding Nebulized Treatments vs. Metered Dose Inhalers

As a reminder, administration of a nebulized medication is an aerosol generating procedure. Therefore, BMC is using metered dose inhalers (MDIs) for delivery of inhaled medications.

However, we know that using a metered dose inhaler is not possible or effective for all patients. If you are ordering nebulized treatment for your patients, especially COVID-positive patients or patients under investigation, please make sure they have a contraindication for MDI use and write this into the comment section for the medication.