We continue to explore ways to—together—create collective benefit for our communities. Sharing timely and relevant information about health and wellness will keep us all moving in right the direction.
Pausing Use of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
Of the 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine given in the U.S., six women have reported a rare and severe blood clotting condition. Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare. We are following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Food and Drug Administration and pausing administration of this vaccine at all of our clinics and sites until a new recommendation is presented. We are grateful to have two other vaccines, manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna, that have proven safe after 100 million doses have been administered in the U.S.
If you have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, or any vaccine, and develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination, contact your health care provider.
Vaccine and Pregnancy
Michael Tsimis, MD, maternal fetal medicine physician, has recently shared news on the studies related to pregnancy and fertility when it comes to COVID-19 and vaccination. We encourage women of childbearing age to learn the facts for making educated decisions.
New Collaboration to Improve Patient Outcomes
We have some good news to share in support of our efforts to provide care that is affordable and exceptional. Spectrum Health and Medtronic have entered into an agreement that will allow us to design programs using data and near real-time analytics to standardize care, reduce clinical variation and deliver greater personalization through medical technologies and therapies. You can read more about this partnership and its benefits in our news release.
Education and Dialogue
Listen to CJ Gibson, MD, surgical critical care physician, as he helps to answer questions for those who may be hesitant to receive their vaccine.
Vaccine Health Series
Join us Friday, April 16 at 9 a.m. on Spectrum Health’s Facebook page to discuss young people and vaccinations. Following the announcement that people over the age of 16 are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, younger people’s readiness to get vaccinated remains “soft.” Spectrum Health’s panel of community and clinical experts explore some ways to connect with and engage younger Michiganders, and encourage them to get vaccinated.
All of the videos in this series are accessible on the Spectrum Health Facebook page video section: vaccine health series playlist.
On April 23 at 9 a.m., will be Part Two of Connecting With and Building Confidence Among Communities of Faith.
Busting Myths and Misconceptions About COVID-19
Information found on social media about COVID-19 can be inaccurate. Physicians from Spectrum Health and community clinical organizations have come together in a video series to address misconceptions that they have come across. Hear from the experts on a variety of topics.
Spectrum Health experts and community leaders outline how they are working together to raise awareness of COVID-19 and address health disparities in a series of public service announcements and community impact videos.
Big Rapids/Reed City community resources (pdf)
Gerber Memorial community resources (pdf)
Kent County community resources (pdf)
Kent County community resources - Spanish (pdf)
Ludington community resources (pdf)
Pennock community resources (pdf)
United Hospital/Kelsey community resources (pdf)
Zeeland community resources (pdf)
COVID-19 symptoms and prevention flier (pdf)
COVID-19 symptoms and prevention flier - Burmese (pdf)
COVID-19 symptoms and prevention flier - Kinyarwanda (pdf)
COVID-19 symptoms and prevention flier - Rwandan (pdf)
COVID-19 symptoms and prevention flier - Spanish (pdf)
COVID-19 symptoms and prevention flier - Swahili (pdf)
COVID-19 symptoms and prevention flier - Vietnamese (pdf)
COVID-19 hotline flier (pdf)
COVID-19 hotline flier - Burmese (pdf)
COVID-19 hotline flier - Kinyarwanda (pdf)
COVID-19 hotline flier - Rwandan (pdf)
COVID-19 hotline flier - Spanish (pdf)
COVID-19 hotline flier - Swahili (pdf)
COVID-19 hotline flier - Vietnamese (pdf)
2-1-1 services are available in every county in Michigan and serve as a resource hub for individuals, organizations and families. Services include food, shelter, utility assistance, transportation, childcare and more. Heart of West Michigan United Way 2-1-1 serves 14 counties. View their web-based resource list or dial 2-1-1 and a call specialist will help you.