Iowa Leaders Pushing for More Johnson & Johnson Vaccine for Iowans
As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, there's an end or at least relief in sight: Vaccines. With reports Iowa will allow more groups to begin receiving their COVID vaccine Monday, March 8, there's a new push my state leaders to acquire a larger supply of the most recently approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Why? It's a single shot vax that leaders say will help the states more rural population.
A Radio Iowa report highlights comments made by Representative Ashley Hinson, Representative Randy Feenstra and Congresswoman Marianette Miller-Meeks who point out the new single dose vaccine, which requires less refrigeration, would be easier to get into the arms of Iowa's 1.1 million rural residents.
The lawmakers pointed out the importance of vaccinating those in Iowa's rural communities, Marianette Miller-Meeks is the former director of the Iowa Department of Public Health. She said prioritizing distribution of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine to rural areas would ease the burden that's been placed on rural health care providers and county health officials.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been the target of some criticism as both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines sport a higher effectiveness rate , 95% compared to 72%, but experts warn no one should be too choosy in what vaccine they receive. Despite this, the mayor of Detroit turned down 6,200 doses of the J&J vaccine claiming it's not as good a shot.
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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.
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