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The Washoe County Health District has ordered 3,600 doses of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, health officials said during a press briefing Monday morning.
James English, Regional Operations Chief for Washoe County’s COVID Response, said that he expects the shipment to arrive by the end of the week.
“We still have a very low supply of vaccine, and people aren’t going to have the option of which vaccine they want, but it’s really important to get vaccinated with whichever is vaccine is available,” English said.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses will be an addition to the thousands of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines that the county has been receiving weekly.
A total of 24,000 Johnson & Johnson doses have been ordered across the state, according to health official Candice McDaniel.
Because the region will be receiving more vaccine, there will be more appointments available at the Point of Dispensing (PODs) and at other regional medical centers, English said.
Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine has the advantage of needing only one dose compared to the two doses for Moderrna’s and Pfizer-BioNTech’s. It also doesn’t need to be kept in a freezer, making it easier to transport and store.
But the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines appear to be more effective than Johnson & Johnson’s, showing better than 94% effectiveness in large trials they ran last year.
The vaccines can’t be compared directly, however, because the trials were conducted at different times. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine appeared to be 72% effective among U.S. trial participants. It was less effective in South Africa and Latin America, where newer strains of the virus are circulating.
It was nearly 100% effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths.
— USA TODAY’s Maureen Groppe contributed to this report.
The latest COVID-19 statistics
On Sunday afternoon, 17 additional COVID-19 cases and zero deaths were reported by the Regional Information Center. There are now a total of 42,908 COVID-19 cases and 642 deaths in the county.
The county also administered a total of 113,007 vaccines.
As of Monday morning, there are a total of 293,980 COVID-19 cases and 4,957 deaths across the state.
Approximately 6.5% of Nevadans received both doses of the vaccine and 13% have received the first dose, according to data from Nevada Health Response.
Additional information about school and business resources, locations of vaccine providers and county-specific vaccine plans can be found at www.ImmunizeNevada.org. The website now serves Nevadans in both Spanish and Chinese.
Washoe County residents can sign up for the Washoe County Health District’s waitlist by visiting their website at www.Covid19WashoeVaccine.com or by calling them at 775-328-2427.
A vaccine call center is also available to answer any questions or assist with scheduling appointments. The call center is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week and can be reached at 1-800-401-0946. The call center can serve residents in Spanish.
Kristin Oh is a public safety reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 775-420-1285. Please help support her work by subscribing.