Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that Maryland will be receiving the new single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this week.
On Saturday, the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency use authorization to the J&J vaccine, which is the first-ever single-dose vaccine for the coronavirus available in the United States, and the third vaccine, following Pfizer and Moderna.
Maryland has been initially allocated 49,600 doses of the J&J vaccine, 100% of which will be deployed to providers this week.
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“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe, effective, and made right here in Maryland,” said Hogan. “Our plan is to get this vaccine into the community right away and right into arms so that we can continue increasing our vaccination rate.”
People 18 and older could be treated with it, and it does not require special storage.
Officials said 4 million doses of the J&J vaccine are ready to ship immediately with 20 million to be ready by the end of March.
State health officials will direct the J&J vaccine allocation widely to mass vaccination sites, hospitals, local health departments, and community health centers. In addition, the J&J vaccine will be deployed to pharmacies that the federal government has selected to participate in its retail pharmacy partnership.Read more at WBALTV