COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF/AP) – Days after receiving approval, South Carolina will receive its first shipment of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this week.
According to officials with Department of Health and Environmental Control, the state will get roughly 41,000 initial doses of what is also known as the Janssen vaccine, as it is a pharmaceutical company of the Johnson & Johnson corporation.
“DHEC is onboarding additional providers to help distribute the Janssen vaccine across the state,” state health officials said.
Nearly 4 million doses of the newest COVID-19 vaccine are being delivered to U.S. states for injections starting on Tuesday.
According to the Associated Press, the White House said the entire stockpile of the newly approved single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will go out immediately. J&J will deliver about 16 million more doses by the end of March and 100 million total by the end of June, but the distribution would be backloaded.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine joins the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in the nation’s arsenal to combat the ongoing pandemic.
The White House is encouraging Americans to take the first dose available to them, regardless of manufacturer.
South Carolina is receiving its first allocation of Janssen vaccine this week, roughly 41,000 doses. DHEC is onboarding additional providers to help distribute the Janssen vaccine across the state.