The new, single-dose Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine is about to spice up vaccination efforts in Maryland and Virginia, however the first allocation would be the solely cargo the states will obtain for a number of weeks.
Maryland acquired an preliminary cargo of 49,600 doses, and officers plan to distribute 100% of that allocation to well being care suppliers this week. However, officers aren’t anticipating one other cargo till March 18.
“I can guarantee you that no matter provide we’re capable of obtain, we’re prepared to right away deploy and get into the arms of Marylanders,” Gov. Larry Hogan mentioned Tuesday throughout a press convention.
“It takes some time to ramp up manufacturing,” the Republican governor added. “They’ve been manufacturing these for a lot of months, ready for the approval. And then they only shipped out each single one they’d within the one week, and now they need to catch again up once more.”
Officials mentioned the corporate had manufacturing points and made solely 3.9 million doses earlier than getting emergency use approval on Saturday. The firm expects to supply 100 million doses by the top of June.
Virginia is about to obtain 69,000 doses this week, and an extra allocation can be directed to its federal pharmacy partnership program. Officials there anticipate a dip in that allocation as the corporate will increase manufacturing, however they plan to see a rise in a number of weeks.
Federal officers knowledgeable the states that future allocations of the J&J vaccine could possibly be uneven and doubtlessly smaller than the primary cargo.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the third to obtain emergency use approval from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which had been authorized in December, the J&J model is a single dose that doesn’t require particular freezer storage.
The Pfizer and Moderna choices have a 95% efficacy fee after each photographs, and the J&J vaccine has a 72% fee.
Federal officers suggested the states that “individuals might obtain any beneficial COVID-19 vaccine and are inspired to obtain the earliest out there” model, in response to the Maryland state authorities web site.
Meanwhile, Virginia Department of Health spokeswoman Dena Potter informed The Washington Times: “No choices on vaccine allotment are made based mostly on demographics. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be utilized in bigger vaccine clinics across the state. Many of the selections made in regard to the place every was despatched needed to do with the logistics of receiving and storing the vaccine.”
As of Tuesday, Virginia has administered greater than 2 million complete vaccine doses, with greater than 1.3 million folks receiving not less than their first dose and 697,879 folks absolutely vaccinated.
Eligible residents can pre-register on-line at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-275-8343).
In Maryland, greater than 1.3 million doses have been administered — of which 898,235 had been first doses and 678,195 had been second doses.
Mr. Hogan mentioned he understands the frustrations Marylanders have with the velocity of the vaccination course of, noting that 40% of residents have acquired doses.
“I understand how irritating that is for the numerous different people who find themselves eligible,” he mentioned. “There are about one million people who find themselves at the moment eligible for the vaccine who we can’t schedule for a vaccine. It’s not a few web site and a course of. There are usually not sufficient vaccines. We’ve acquired nearly as good or higher a course of as anybody within the nation.”
Mr. Hogan mentioned three extra mass vaccination websites will open in Maryland this month — Hagerstown Premium Outlets in Hagerstown, Wicomico Youth and Civic Center on the Eastern Shore and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs’ Regency Furniture Stadium in Charles County.
Meanwhile, the Six Flags America website in Prince George’s County is about to double capability and provide greater than 4,000 doses a day. The M&T Bank Stadium website in Baltimore is anticipated to manage as much as 2,000 vaccines every day. The Baltimore Convention Center website will prioritize underserved populations.