San Francisco permits third COVID-19 shot for Johnson & Johnson recipients

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Town of San Francisco is facilitating residents who obtained the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to obtain a Pfizer booster shot.

In an replace from the San Francisco Division of Public Well being (SFDPH), the Inhabitants Well being Division mentioned that vaccination websites would accommodate off-label requests for a 3rd dose with a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from folks ages 18 years and older who’ve accomplished a major vaccine dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and a single booster or supplemental dose. 

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The department said that it recommends the third dose no less than 5 months after the second, noting that eligibility is proscribed to San Franciscans and individuals who obtained their major Johnson & Johnson dose there.

A vial of the Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Northwell Health's South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, New York, March 3, 2021.

A vial of the Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Northwell Well being’s South Shore College Hospital in Bay Shore, New York, March 3, 2021.
(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

“In addition, those who wish to receive this 3rd dose should consult with [a health care provider] before scheduling an appointment for their 3rd dose and will need to self-attest that they have consulted with [a health care provider] before the dose is administered,” the letter mentioned, including that non-SFDPH-operated vaccination suppliers in San Francisco are inspired to undertake the identical lodging. 

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The SFDPH cited latest research that confirmed {that a} third COVID-19 vaccine dose is critical to scale back extreme an infection, hospitalization and extreme outcomes from the omicron variant of the coronavirus. 

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“Although this research has so far focused on persons who received a primary series with non-J&J vaccines, we believe that similar studies in persons whose primary series was a single J&J vaccine dose would yield similar results showing that 3 doses are needed for optimal protection,” the company mentioned, persevering with that steerage from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) at present permits adults who obtained a Johnson & Johnson vaccine major dose to get a single booster shot. 

“Those same persons, had they received a primary mRNA 2-dose series instead, would be eligible for a maximum of [three] COVID-19 vaccine doses; [two] primary + [one] booster,” the SFDPH mentioned. 

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The CDC additionally recommends folks obtain the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines over Johnson & Johnson’s in most conditions. 

For many who acquired Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose shot, the CDC recommends a booster dose with both of the mRNA vaccines no less than two months after the first dose.

Metropolis knowledge via Monday exhibits 779,236 residents of all ages are vaccinated within the metropolis and county of San Francisco, with 89% of residents ages 5 and older reported with no less than one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Eighty-two % of residents 65 and older are totally vaccinated. April 2020 Census Bureau data estimates the county’s inhabitants to be 873,965.

CDC data shows 18,177,294 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered within the U.S.

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