Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Arrives in New York City Today
By Yehudit Garmaise
A third vaccine is arriving in New York City today.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which the FDA authorized for emergency use on Feb. 27, is being delivered today, Mayor Bill de Blasio happily announced this morning at his press conference.
“This is the first vaccine that only needs one to be effective,” said the mayor, who added, “One and done!”
Mayor de Blasio emphasized that, like the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is “safe and effective.”
“I look forward to getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” said the mayor, who repeated what Dave A. Chokshi, MD, the city’s commissioner of health so powerfully said yesterday, “The best vaccine is the one you can get now.”
The mayor, who has a goal to vaccinate 5 million New Yorkers by June, said the supply of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will at first be limited, however he expects the supply to increase later in the month.
“Also, we are going to use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine immediately to help homebound seniors,” said the mayor, whose efforts to vaccinate homebound seniors is starting today.
“We need the supply [of vaccines] in hand as soon as possible, our fair share, with less bureaucracy, and the rate [of vaccination] will increase as long as we have the supply,” said the mayor.
(Darren McGee- Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)
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