- Two injections of the J&J vaccine offer 94% protection against COVID-19, the company said this week.
- As many Pfizer beneficiaries start receiving boosters, J&J beneficiaries are wondering what the next step is for them.
- Here’s what health officials have said so far.
The 14.9 million Americans who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may have a bone to choose from with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“I’m one of those rare people and now I’m not that proud,” New York Magazine’s Benjamin Hart wrote in an article Thursday, with the simple headline: “Johnson & Johnson & Regret.”
The hit, a convenient single-dose, suffered a sort of drop from grace when it rolled out: a factory mix caused the vaccine ingredients to be poorly mixed, and then the CDC paused on the vaccine while they were looking at the risk of an extremely rare blood clot disease. Regulators then added a warning label for women under 50.
More recently, there was radio silence from the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration over the possibility of a J&J booster, although a third dose of Pfizer was cleared for many groups this week, and the same. thing is expected from Moderna in the near future. Both were previously allowed for people with compromised immune systems, but even that was not the case for J&J.
“While we really needed some direction, we often felt like we were completely left out of the pandemic narrative – like we were Generation X of the vaccinated,” Hart wrote.
To shed some light on J & Jers, here’s what health officials have suggested so far.
Will I need a second shot?
“For people who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, we anticipate that vaccine boosters will likely be required,” Dr. Vivek Murthy, the US surgeon general, said in a White House briefing last month. “The J&J vaccine was not delivered in the United States until March 2021, and we expect more data on J&J in the coming weeks. With this data in hand, we will keep the public informed with a timely plan. for J&J booster shots. ”
This information arrived on Tuesday, when J&J released the results of its clinical trial showing that two doses of its vaccine led to 94% protection against mild to severe COVID-19, compared to 74% effectiveness found in the. try his only shot.
While the data has yet to be peer reviewed, it puts a two-shot J&J vaccine on a par with mRNA vaccines offered by Pfizer and Moderna.
It is therefore likely that the second injections of J&J are on their way, but when exactly these boosters will be recommended by the CDC and cleared by the FDA is not yet clear.
Can I get an mRNA booster while CDC fixes things with J&J?
You probably shouldn’t, but see your doctor.
So far, all vaccinees have been advised to stick to the same injection when given a booster, as there is no mixing and pairing trial data yet.
But health officials in San Francisco went rogue in August, telling J & Jers they would give them mRNA boosters if their doctors recommended it.
“If people talk to their health care provider and say, ‘I would really like to have an mRNA injection on top of the Johnson & Johnson injection that I got,’ we will live with that,” said the Dr Grant Colfax, Director. from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, according to the CBS subsidiary in San Francisco.
The CDC estimates that one million Americans received an unauthorized COVID-19 recall before the recent recommendations, ABC News reported. It is not known how many of them were under a doctor’s recommendation.
“We strongly recommend people not to do this,” Dr Anthony Fauci said of these unauthorized booster injections in an interview with CNN on Sunday,
“We recommend that people wait until you fall into the category where it is recommended,” Fauci added.
Still, he acknowledged that people just want to protect themselves from COVID-19 as much as possible.
“It’s human nature. There’s not much you can do about it,” Fauci said.