NYC to resume use of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine

by PDM STAFF

Javits Center NYC Mega Vaccine Site | Photo by Lori Greig via Flickr/Creative Commons

NEW YORK – New York City will resume the use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decided to lift a pause on the administration of the vaccine, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio | Photo by Kevin Case via Flickr/Creative Commons

“The one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine is back, and New York City will immediately resume our innovative mobile, pop-up, and homebound vaccination programs with this shot,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine along with our Health Commissioner, Dr. Chokshi. We know firsthand that the vaccine is safe and effective, and now it’s easier than ever to get your shot. I encourage all New Yorkers to join the millions of your friends, family, and neighbors who’ve been vaccinated. You can lead our city’s comeback.”

“The joint CDC and FDA recommendation to resume the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with an updated warning show that our safety system works,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi. “I received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and I trust it is safe and effective. If I had the chance to decide again, knowing what I know now, I would still choose to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.”

With the pause on the use of the vaccine lifted, City-run operations such as in-home vaccination for homebound New Yorkers, mobile buses and vans, pop-up sites at houses of worship, and other locations will resume the use of Johnson & Johnson. Some providers will first exhaust their allocation of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, which were used while the Johnson & Johnson evaluation was underway. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will continue its extensive outreach to providers and clinicians to ensure they know the new federal guidance.

New Yorkers can make a vaccine appointment at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov, call 877-VAX-4-NYC, or walk in at any City-run site and get vaccinated.

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