White House officials have announced that over 3.9 million doses of the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be available soon—possibly this week.
The past few weeks have seen reports of vaccine shortages in major cities across the U.S., but the Biden Administration named ramping up vaccine production as one of its top priorities.
The doses should be arriving to distribution centers on March 2. All in all, there will be 20 million doses distributed throughout the month. They’re headed to vaccine distribution centers all over the country, although the centers won’t offer all three vaccines, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson, at the same time.
While public health officials stress that all three vaccines available are effective, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is unique in that it only requires one dose. It also doesn’t require refrigeration like other vaccines, making it easier to distribute across the country.
On February 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held an emergency meeting and voted unanimously to recommend the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
White House officials also announced an effort to distribute the vaccine proportionally to the population. However, States are still responsible for distributing vaccines within their jurisdiction. President Biden also announced that he plans to make the vaccine available to every American by the end of May, and that this next wave of vaccines will prioritize teachers.
After this week, another 16 million doses should be available by the end of March, and another 80 million should be available at the end of June.