WISCONSIN (WAOW) — The third available COVID-19 vaccine could be in Wisconsin as early as next week.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says they're getting an initial allocation of 47,000 doses to incorporate into the state's overall allocation strategy.
“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is going to be a game changer for our statewide response to COVID-19,” said Gov. Tony Evers. “One of the biggest hurdles we have faced is supply, and this will get more vaccine into Wisconsin. This vaccine also protects people and has been shown to prevent serious illness from the virus after just one dose, which makes it more accessible to Wisconsinites and reduces the burden on our vaccine providers."
The state says this vaccine is "critical to expanding Wisconsin’s vaccination efforts and reducing barriers for vaccine access."
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the first one-dose vaccine in the U.S. deemed safe and effective for the prevention of COVID-19 from the FDA. They issued emergency use authorization on February 27.
It also is easier to store and can be kept in refrigeration for up to three months, allowing for vaccine to be shipped directly to vaccinators across the state.
According to DHS, all three vaccines are "highly effective" at preventing infection, buy use three different technologies to do the same thing.
“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is held to the same high safety standards by the FDA as the other authorized COVID-19 vaccines. The trials show it is very effective at protecting people against being hospitalized or dying from COVID-19. We strongly encourage you to take whichever vaccine you are offered when it is your turn,” said DHS Interim Secretary Karen Timberlake. “Vaccinations are some of the best tools we have to overcome this virus. And just one year ago, we would have been astonished and thrilled to know that we would have three effective and safe vaccines available to us.”