Even though two of the vaccines currently available have proven to be effective over 90% effective against the COVID pandemic, there aren’t the only ones available right now.
Other companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, have started to distribute their own vaccine and have proven to be very effective. In fact, they might even be considered a game-changer. But what’s all the fuss about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?
Johnson & Johnson created the third COVID vaccine to be authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Even though having a third COVID vaccine available is already fantastic news, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine provides some unique qualities that will make it the go-to vaccine.
6, How Does the Vaccine Work?
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine works differently from the rest. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use mRNA to basically tell your cells how to create a spike protein similar to what the coronavirus has so that it learns to detect and fight it.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, on the other hand, works similarly to the Ebola vaccine. That is, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses a common cold virus to give your body a blueprint of the protein spike so it can detect and fight it as well.
Keep in mind, though, that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can’t give you either a common cold or COVID. It only gives your body a similar protein spike, and the common cold virus was modified so no one would get sick from it.
5, What’s So Great About the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine?
What’s different about this vaccine is that it can be kept in normal refrigerated temperatures for three months. To give you context, the Pfizer vaccine lasts about two weeks in normal refrigeration temperatures.
This gives the medical teams and care providers more than enough time to transport and distribute the vaccine to other places without worrying about its effectiveness.
On top of that, the most exciting news about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is that you only need one dose for the vaccine to work, instead of the two doses you need to take with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
This gives many options for people who are afraid of getting two shots or people who don’t want to stop going to work to get the shot. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any side effects, though.
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.
1. You May Need to Wait Before Getting the Vaccine
Even though the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has promising qualities, it’s still taking time to be manufactured. Johnson & Johnson experienced delays when making the vaccine just a few days back. Plus, only four million doses were shipped two weeks ago.
States health officials were thinking about using this vaccine on people who are harder to reach for a second dose. Patrick Allen, the director of the Oregon Health Authority, said they planned to deliver the vaccine to different mass vaccination sites, including adult foster care homes and pharmacies that aren’t part of the government’s pharmacy program.
Health experts want the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine to be distributed equally across communities to avoid any confusion.
Allen said that “If you start getting a little too cute about targeting its use, you maybe feed distrust potentially of, ‘Well, why am I getting that vaccine? And, I’m in this special population and people who aren’t in this special population aren’t getting this vaccine.’” He also stated that they’re keeping the Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine stores equally to avoid equity questions and potential concerns based on perceived differences between both vaccines.