4. Who Can Take the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine?
This COVID vaccine has been authorized for anyone who is 18 years old or older. However, Johnson & Johnson stated that people who have a severe allergic reaction to any of the vaccine ingredients should not take it. Because of this, it’s important that you let your health provider know before getting the vaccine if you have any allergies.
3, The Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Also Has Side Effects
Johnson & Johnson shared more information about its COVID vaccine, including some possible side effects you might feel.
The most common side effects are pain, redness, and swelling in the injection site, as well as headaches, feeling very tired, muscle aches, nausea, and fever. It’s important to keep in mind that these are similar to the side effects you should expect to experience if you take the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
Johnson & Johnson also warns that some people may get a severe allergic reaction after taking the vaccine, which may lead to swelling in your throat, difficulty breathing, faster heartbeat, dizziness, and weakness.
2. What About the Effectiveness?
Johnson & Johnson stated that its vaccine’s efficacy rate wasn’t as high as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, although it was highly protective.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has shown a 72 percent efficacy rate in the U.S., which was lower than the 95 percent the other vaccines have. Although it’s worth mentioning that experts suggest since the three vaccines were tested and different places and times, it’s hard to compare them with each other.
Despite having a reported lower efficacy rate, people feel compelled to try this new vaccine instead of the others because of its single-dose treatment. Still, some health experts worry that people will think less of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and consider it an inferior COVID vaccine.
They consider it important for officials to emphasize the benefits of the vaccine at the beginning of distribution so people won’t believe this isn’t as good of a vaccine as the others. Another solution is to pair the old and new vaccines together to show that they’re both important and effective.