Johnson & Johnson vaccine could soon arrive in Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards says

UC Health experts weigh in on Johnson & Johnson vaccine
UC Health experts weigh in on Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Updated: Feb. 25, 2021 at 4:44 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that doses of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines will come to the state after the vaccine is federally approved.

This will give Louisiana and the rest of the country another vaccine to help speed up immunizations.

“Johnson & Johnson coming online is going to bring us a third tool in our toolbox,” said Dr. John Vanchiere, chief of LSU Health Shreveport’s Department of Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Section. “This means we will be able to advance to Tier I and Tier III more quickly.”

The first vaccines were administered in December 2020. In the past two months, 7% of Louisianans have been fully vaccinated.

In Texas and Arkansas, 5.4% of people are fully vaccinated.

According to LSU Health Shreveport, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine provides 85% effectiveness, doesn’t require very cold storage and is only one dose.

Moderna’s and Pfizer’s vaccines provide 95% effectiveness against the virus and require two doses. Pfizer’s vaccine also requires very cold storage.

Even though Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is less effective, Vanchiere says it is still up to par in protection.

“The bottom line is people shouldn’t wait for one over the other. They are all very effective and are going to help prevent that severe critical disease, reduce hospitalizations and save lives.”

The FDA still needs to approve Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine before the state can receive and administer doses.

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