Should Iowans Skip The J&J Vaccine? The Answer is NO
There's more good news for Americans when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic: a third vaccine will likely be approved this week, or very early next week. This new vaccine, made by Johnson & Johnson, is a one-dose shot that has been found to be safe and effective. However, it's less effective than it's Pfizer and Moderna counterparts. According to a CNN report, the new Johnson & Johnson vax is 66.9% effective in preventing moderate to severe/critical COVID-19 symptoms after about 14 days of receiving the vaccination. It is 66.1% effective at least 28 days after vaccination is administered.
So here's the big question, or possible dilemma. The J&J vaccine is, we'll say 66% effective. Compared to about 95% for Moderna and Pfizer vaccines currently in high demand. Does that mean Iowans should, assuming the vaccine is approved, skip the Johnson & Johnson version and wait for the more potent one? NO says Dr. Anthony Fauci. He appeared on the Today show Thursday and told Americans to take whatever vaccine is available. In fact, he said having three vaccines is important as it increases the availability of the vaccine - citing that we're in a 'race' between the virus and immunization. He also touted Johnson & Johnson's pharmaceutical reputation.
With concerns of mutations and the possibility the virus will beat the vaccines as it mutates, the most important element in beating it: don't allow it to mutate. By staying safe, getting the first vaccination available, and continuing to protect yourself and those around you, Dr. Fauci believes we can finally beat back COVID-19 and end the pandemic.
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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.