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Third vaccine option heading to the UP


MARQUETTE, MI--   The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will soon be arriving in the Upper Peninsula.

Doctor Robert Lorinser is medical director of the Marquette County Health Department. He says the new vaccine is 75-percent effective at preventing infection, but its effectiveness in preventing hospitalizations and deaths is far higher.

“So far, 100 percent. 100 percent after 28 days. No hospitalizations in a trial of 40,000 people.”   

About 82,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are headed to Michigan. Lorinser says that will provide three good vaccination options.

“So as far as I’m concerned, if somebody asks me—and I get asked almost daily—which vaccine would you take? The first one that I was offered.”   

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one shot, while the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two.