Out of an abundance of caution and as a federal site, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center is pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID 19 Vaccine until further review by the FDA and CDC.  The FDA announced this morning (4/13) they are recommending a pause and will be promptly reviewing the use of the vaccine in the US due to an extremely rare occurrence of a blood clot in several individuals.

 

Starting today (4/13), The Health Center will only be using the Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines at our vaccine sites in Lawrence, Haverhill, and Methuen until further notice.  Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are mRNA vaccines, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is an adenovirus vaccine.  After millions of doses given since December, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines continue to show safety and effectiveness.

 

GLFHC will proactively attempt to contact people who are scheduled on the specific days/sites this week for the J&J vaccine to let them know of the change to Moderna/Pfizer.  For people who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, if they are concerned about any specific symptoms, we recommend that they reach out to their medical provider.  CDC Information is here.

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Virginia Martinez, FNP

Medical School:
Regis College, Weston, MA

Methuen - 147 Pelham Street

Board Certification:
Family Nurse Practitioner

Cheryl Martin, MD

Medical School:
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS

South - 73D Winthrop Avenue

Residency:
Bronx Lebanon Hospital Family Medicine Residency, Bronx, NY

Fellowships / Residency Area of Concentration:
HIP fellowship, Lawrence, MA

Board Certification:
ABFM

Special Clinical Interests:
Wellness Education, Osteopathy

Anne Rodman, ANP

Medical School:
University of Massachusetts School of Nursing, Boston, MA

Methuen - 147 Pelham Street

Board Certification:
Adult Nurse Practitioner

Academic Appointments:
Formerly held Adjunct Faculty appointments at MGH Institute and Yale

Special Clinical Interests:
Adult Medicine, Addictions, Mental Health

Suhani Bora, MD

Medical School:
University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI

South - 73D Winthrop Avenue

Residency:
University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine Madison Residency Program, Madison, WI

Fellowships / Residency Area of Concentration:
Academic Integrative Medicine, Madison, WI

Board Certification:
ABFM

Special Clinical Interests:
Integrative Health, Nutrition, Group Visits, Osteopathic Manipulation

Aish Prasad, MD

Medical School:
Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai, India

Haverhill Street

Residency:
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston, MA

Fellowships / Residency Area of Concentration:
General Psychiatry

Board Certification:
Pending

Special Clinical Interests:
Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD

Xenia Johnson Bhembe, MD

Medical School:
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH

Haverhill Street

Residency:
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Fellowships / Residency Area of Concentration:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, MA

Board Certification:
Adult and Child Adolescent Psychiatry

Academic Appointments:
Harvard Medical School

Special Clinical Interests:
Community and Diversity, and ADHD

Diane Smith, MD

Medical School:
University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT

South - 73D Winthrop Avenue

Residency:
Lawrence Family Medicine Residency

Fellowships / Residency Area of Concentration:
Advanced Maternity Care

Board Certification:
ABFM

Special Clinical Interests:
Obstetrics, Global Medicine

Carla Basadre, MD

Medical School:
Universidad de San Martin de Porres, Lima, Peru

Methuen - 147 Pelham Street

Residency:
Family Medicine Residency UT Health San Antonio, TX

Fellowships / Residency Area of Concentration:
Sports Medicine Fellowship, Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE

Board Certification:
ABFM/CAQ, Primary Care, Sports Medicine

Special Clinical Interests:
Chronic Diseases, Musculoskeletal Problems, Joint Injections