The feds will start delivering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to states as early as Tuesday — releasing their whole present cache of three.9 million doses by week’s finish, the White Home mentioned Monday.
However one other main rollout of the extremely anticipated single-dose immunizations — 16 million pictures — received’t come until later within the month, mentioned White Home COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients at a briefing.
The doses might be shipped to states, tribes and US territories based mostly on inhabitants, because the Biden administration has achieved with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at present in the marketplace, Zients mentioned.
“For instance, if a state represents 2 % of the US inhabitants, it receives roughly 2 % of the Pfizer allocation, 2 % of the Moderna allocation and can now obtain 2 % of the J&J allocation,” Zients mentioned.
The feds have estimated that New York would obtain almost 165,000 doses of the J&J shot within the first spherical of deliveries, with the Massive Apple netting about 71,000 immunizations from that pot.
“Now we have the distribution channels in place, and we’re getting doses out the door as shortly as potential,” Zients mentioned.
He mentioned the three.9 million J&J doses are the drug-maker’s whole present inventory.
The shot is taken into account a possible game-changer within the battle in opposition to the coronavirus as a result of it entails a single dose versus the two-immunization variations from Pfizer and Moderna and requires regular refrigeration, in contrast to the others.
“J&J has indicated provide might be restricted over the subsequent few weeks,” Zients mentioned.
A further 16 million doses might be obtainable by the tip of March, the official mentioned, including that it’ll come “predominantly … within the again half of the month.”
New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio famous at a separate press briefing Monday that the Massive Apple is “about to get numerous the J&J vaccine.”
The mayor was requested about the truth that its normal efficacy is round 66 % in comparison with greater than 92 % for the opposite two vaccines — and whether or not town has any considerations with the optics of its plan to distribute it to underserved communities and homebound seniors.
His well being officers famous that research present the shot is simply as efficient because the others relating to stopping severe sickness and dying.
“If you wish to stop the extreme issues of COVID, take the primary vaccine obtainable as a result of all of them do the identical factor,” Dr. Jay Varma, the mayor’s senior well being adviser, mentioned on the briefing.
“[The J&J vaccine] is one hundred pc efficient in opposition to folks dying from COVID and virtually one hundred pc efficient in opposition to folks being hospitalized,” he mentioned.
Varma added that when it comes to usually stopping the illness, J&J’s shot was examined later than the others, at a time when there have been new variants surfacing, which probably affected its numbers.
“I intend to suggest it to my sufferers, particularly my homebound sufferers,” mentioned Dr. Mitchell Katz, the top of town’s Well being + Hospitals, on the briefing.
De Blasio additionally argued that the one dose is an enormous promoting level.
“You get one dose, and also you’re achieved — you don’t have to fret about when your subsequent shot might be,” he mentioned.
“When my time comes, I’d be very comfortable to take the J&J vaccine.’’
In the meantime, town’s newest seven-day rolling common for constructive COVID-19 take a look at outcomes is constant a slight gradual development downward at 6.13 %, de Blasio mentioned.
The statewide positivity fee is 3.58 %, in line with Gov. Cuomo’s workplace.