COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nearly 100,000 doses of the newly-approved single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered to Ohio this week, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday.
Ohio is set to receive a total of 448,390 doses of all types of vaccine this week, the most the state has ever received in a single week, DeWine said. Of those, 96,100 will be the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The state will be delivering the new Johnson & Johnson vaccines to independent pharmacies around the state, most of which have not received any vaccine doses yet, DeWine said.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which received emergency authorization from the FDA on Saturday, is 66% effective in completely preventing the disease, based on initial results. It reduced severe instances of COVID-19 by 85%, and no one in the vaccine’s trial died from the disease.
Johnson & Johnson has committed to delivering 20 million doses to the federal government by the end of March.
Ohio has also dramatically expanded the number of vaccine administration locations across the state to over 1,200, with the goal of making it available as close to home as possible to as many eligible Ohioans as possible.
“Now’s the time,” DeWine said. “If you qualify, you should be able to get that vaccine.”
DeWine recommended that anyone eligible for the vaccine check the state’s website for a map and list of locations, searchable by ZIP code and county.
You can also find this map and list on our Vaccinating Ohio page, along with continuing coverage of Ohio’s vaccine roll-out.
RELATED: On Monday, we reviewed where Ohio and local counties rank in terms of vaccination progress.