United States Begins Distribution of Third COVID-19 Vaccine

United States Begins Distribution of Third COVID-19 Vaccine

Doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine could be received as early as March 2.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was approved for emergency use authorization by the Federal Drug Administration over the weekend and the process of distributing the vaccine around the country has already begun.

Nearly 3.9 million doses of the J&J vaccine will be distributed to states around the country, a senior Biden administration official said on Sunday. The doses could be delivered as early as Tuesday morning.

The J&J vaccine has shown a 72 percent efficacy rate against mild to severe/critical disease amount U.S. trial participants. It is more effective against severe forms of disease, with about 85 percent protection.

Health experts say Americans should not be deterred by J&J's slightly lower numbers. Its vaccine was tested later than the other two vaccines, when infections were already surging and new variant strains were spreading more widely.

There are advantages to the new J&J vaccine. The vaccine requires the recipient to have to take just one shot, rather than have to return for a second dose at a later time.

In addition to the convenient distribution method, the vaccine does not need to be kept in a freezer and can be stored at refrigerated temperatures.

The single-dose shot comes at a critical time in this pandemic. The country had been in a steady decline of cases for weeks, but the numbers have since plateaued, leaving experts to wonder if highly contagious variants could take hold of U.S. citizens, making the path to victory against this pandemic more lengthy and chaotic.

Dr. Eric Rubin, a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health described America’s COVID-19 situation as urgent.

“Because there are new viral variants coming out right now, with some chance that some of them could eventually become somewhat resistant to the protection provided by vaccines it is really important to get [the J&J vaccine] out there fast,” Dr. Rubin said.

Download Center

  • EHS Buyer's Guide

    Download this buyer's guide to make more informed decisions as you're looking for an EHS management software system for your organization.

  • Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide

    Use this handy buyer's guide to learn the basics of selecting online safety training and how to use it at your workplace.

  • COVID Return-to-Work Checklist, Fall 2021

    Use this checklist as an aid to help your organization return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic in a safe and healthy manner.

  • SDS Buyer's Guide

    Learn to make informed decisions while searching for SDS Management Software.

  • Risk Matrix Guide

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Industry Safe

Featured Whitepapers

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - September 2021

    September 2021

    Featuring:

    • COMBUSTIBLE DUST
      Managing Combustible Dust and Risk Mitigation
    • PPE: CONSTRUCTION
      The Rising Popularity of Safety Helmets on the Jobsite
    • PPE: ELECTRICAL SAFETY
      Five Tips for a Successful Wear Trial
    • SAFETY & HEALTH
      Medical Surveillance Versus Medical Screening
    View This Issue