First shipment of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine could be delivered to Wisconsin next week


This Dec. 2, 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. The nation is poised to get a third vaccine against COVID-19, but health officials are concerned that at first glance the Johnson & Johnson shot may not be seen as equal to other options from Pfizer and Moderna. (Johnson & Johnson via AP)

(WFRV) – Just day’s after the FDA authorized a third COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, Wisconsin is anticipating its first shipment of that vaccine.

According to the Wisconsin DHS, their initial allocation is about 47,000 doses and is expected to arrive in the state sometime next week.

Johnson & Johnson is the first one-dose vaccine in the U.S. and it has simpler storage requirements than the current two vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer.

“One of the biggest hurdles we have faced is supply, and this will get more vaccine into Wisconsin. This vaccine also protects people and has been shown to prevent serious illness from the virus after just one dose, which makes it more accessible to Wisconsinites and reduces the burden on our vaccine providers,” says Governor Tony Evers.

DHS says people can expect similar post-vaccination symptoms with all the vaccines.

You can keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 information in Northeast Wisconsin and throughout the state through the Local 5 Coronavirus page.

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