J&J Covid-19 vaccine distribution to begin immediately
The first shots of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine could be administered as early as Tuesday, senior Biden administration officials said Sunday.
Officials said that after that, however, they expect deliveries to be “uneven” through March.
By the end of March, Johnson & Johnson plans to have delivered 20 million shots. The company has promised to distribute 100 million doses by summer.
She said the shots are coming at a “potentially pivotal time.”
“CDC’s latest data suggest that recent declines in Covid-19 cases may be stalling and potentially leveling off at still very high numbers,” Walensky said in a statement.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is for adults 18 and older. It is the only single-dose shot for the virus.
Vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna require two shots, three to four weeks apart.
“If you go to a place and you have J&J and that’s the one that’s available now, I would take it. I personally would do the same thing,” Fauci said. “I think people need to get vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as possible.”
Erika Edwards is a health and medical news writer and reporter for NBC News and “TODAY.”