DOH: Pending approval, South Dakota could receive 7,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines next week
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - South Dakota health officials say the state’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts could see a big boost thanks to a new vaccine in development.
Sec. of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon said if Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is approved by the FDA, South Dakota would receive 7,000 of the company’s inoculation doses by next week. This would boost the state’s vaccine weekly allotment up to 25,830 - roughly a 37% increase.
The FDA issued a report Wednesday that found Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19. While this is lower than Pfizer’s or Moderna’s vaccine currently in use, Johnson & Johnson’s product also has the benefit of being a single-dose inoculation, and is generally easier to store.
Federal regulators are expected to make a final decision on whether to approve Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine within days.
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