It appears the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has a pretty big following.
Do people want the J&J COVID-19 vaccine?
Despite some of the controversies and cultural perceptions, people across the United States are requesting the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine instead of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
According to The Washington Post, a vaccination site at Indiana University Health saw people request the J&J vaccine over the Pfizer vaccine. In fact, a spokesman told The Washington Post that 1,355 people asked for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine compared to the 407 people who wanted the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Margot Kushel, director of the University of California San Francisco Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, told The Washington Post that homeless people have been seeking the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, too.
“For most people experiencing homelessness, it was their preference,” she said. “They wanted it to be one and done. They didn’t want to worry about coming back.”
- Of course, a poll from The Washington Post and ABC News found less than 25% of unvaccinated Americans would want to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. However, that poll was conducted during the recent Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause
In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration paused the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine’s after reports of blood clots among women, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
However, the CDC and FDA later resumed distribution and ended the pause, deciding to add a warning label to the vaccine, according to the FDA.
- “As we always do, we will continue to watch all signals closely as more Americans are vaccinated. I continue to be encouraged by the growing body of real-world evidence that the authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and they protect people from disease, hospitalization and death. I urge anyone with questions about the COVID-19 vaccines to speak with their health care provider or local public health department.”