The Vascular Experts

An updated message regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus

Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Update

On April 13, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a joint statement regarding adverse events including low platelet counts and blood clotting disorders related to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, there have been six reported serious adverse events in approximately 7 million doses of the J&J vaccine that have been administered. All six cases occurred between 6 and 13 days following vaccination, and all cases occurred in women between the ages of 18 and 48 years.

At this time, there is no recommendation from either agency that individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine should seek medical care or consult in the absence of severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within 3 weeks after receiving the vaccine. Individuals experiencing any of these symptoms are encouraged to reach out to their healthcare providers for further evaluation and care.

Brandon Gleason, BSN, RN, CFRN
Vice President of Clinical Operations

The Vascular Experts is the largest independent group of board-certified vascular surgeons in the US with offices across Connecticut and Rhode Island.

To learn more about The Vascular Experts or to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified vascular surgeons, visit us at or call (844) 482-7285.

Dear Valued Patients,

First, we want to say we sincerely hope you, your family and friends are healthy during these potentially stressful times.

At the onset of the pandemic, our practice swiftly implemented infection control protocols in conjunction with State and Federal guidance. These protocols are continually being updated to reflect the latest guidance and scientific findings. The safety of our patients and employees continues to be our primary focus. We are enforcing universal masking protocols for all employees and staff, increasing presence and usage of hand sanitizer and hand washing stations, and thorough surface cleaning performed in all high touch areas throughout the workday. We continue to screen all staff and patients for illness or sick contacts.

During this time, we will continue to see patients as scheduled. Our accredited Vascular Ultrasound Laboratory and Angiography suites remain open for the diagnosis and treatment of your vascular ailments in a convenient, safe outpatient setting. If you cannot keep your appointment, please let us know in advance so we can convert your appointment to a telemedicine visit (where appropriate) or reschedule you at your earliest convenience. Please call us at 844-482-7285.

Please note, until further notice we are limiting the number of visitors allowed into our offices. We understand that some patients need assistance with travel and transport, but we ask that your guests wait for you outside of our office with the exception of legal healthcare proxies.

Please contact us with any questions, 844-482-7285.

The Vascular Experts

JUNE 1, 2020