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.