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Johnson & Johnson’s one dose COVID-19 vaccine now available in eastern Idaho


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The following is a news release from Southeastern Idaho Public Health District.

IDAHO FALLS – With the continued increase to the state’s vaccine allotment, Southeastern Idaho Public Health is adding the one dose Johnson and Johnson Vaccine to its community clinics.

“We want to encourage more people to get vaccinated, and the one-dose vaccine can be a more convenient option for some,” said Maggie Mann SIPH District Director.

Appointments have been opened for this week and next week at SIPH’s Pocatello Clinic at 560 Memorial Drive. People can book online or call the SIPH hotline at (208) 234-5875.

J&J vaccine has been proven to provide complete protection against COVID-related hospitalization and death, and it is 85% effective at preventing severe disease. With the vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer demonstrating 94% to 95% overall efficacy in clinical trials, results from the Johnson & Johnson studies may appear less impressive.

“At first glance, the efficacy may not seem as good as 94 to 95%,” said Mann. “But the important part is that for advanced, severe disease, it is quite effective. There were no hospitalizations or deaths in the individuals who were vaccinated during clinical trials.”

The J & J/Jansen vaccine is recommended for 18 years and up and has two great advantages over the Pfizer and
Moderna vaccines — It’s a single-dose inoculation, and it requires only basic refrigeration. Pfizer and Moderna
immunizations require two shots, and both need to be stored in a freezer. These two factors make the J&J shot more convenient for people while making distribution easier.

“I strongly encourage people to get whichever vaccine they can,” said Mann. “Each person vaccinated helps the whole population be more protected. To get anywhere near to normal, more people need to be vaccinated.”

To learn more, schedule an appointment, or know what to expect, visit the website. SIPH has a call center to field questions from the community and is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can reach the hotline at (208) 234-5875.

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