Hoboken holds Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinic, but hesitancy is still high

A clinic in Hoboken administered nearly 100 doses of the J&J shot on Tuesday. They had enough for 100 appointments, but only 97 people showed up.

News 12 Staff

Apr 28, 2021, 3:19 AM

Updated 1,128 days ago

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There are two new cases of blood clotting allegedly caused by the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
The patients are a man and a woman – both under the age of 60. This brings the total number of blood clotting cases to 17 out of more than 8 million shots administered in the United States.
Cases like these are causing many people to think about which vaccine they want.
A clinic in Hoboken administered nearly 100 doses of the J&J shot on Tuesday. They had enough for 100 appointments, but only 97 people showed up. Those patients said that they were happy to receive the vaccine. But finding patients wasn’t as easy as it was a few weeks ago.
Hoboken residents Sally and Chris Lantz said that convenience had a lot to do with their decision to come to the clinic on Tuesday. But it wasn't the main reason.
“We weighed our options and thought about the different statistics about other things that may or may not be related to all this,” said Sally Lantz.
“Our parents both got Moderna and Pfizer and it takes a little effort to get two,” said Chris Lantz. “This was nice and easy and we’re one and done.”
After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paused the use of the J&J shot for a little while, some people had concerns. But many like the Lantzes say that the benefits of the vaccine outweighed their concerns.
“I’m happy with one dose right now. I just want to get vaccinated really bad,” said Andrew Discenza.
“Why get two when you can get one? That’s how I thought about it. No concerns,” said Josh Mead.
But even in Hoboken where 55% of the adult population has gotten at least one shot of the vaccine, it wasn’t easy to book the appointments at the city’s first J&J clinic since the pause was lifted. There is a lot more supply of all the vaccines than there is demand.
There is also a lot of hesitation surrounding the vaccine. To battle this, Hoboken officials are sending out almost daily alerts for last-minute appointments. Registration is wide open.
“Now you can go online and make an appointment at your convenience for the day and time you want,” says Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “We’re also rolling out next week open walk-in vaccines.”
The city will also restart its program to vaccinate seniors at home later this week.
Hoboken officials say that the unused portion of the last vaccine vial that was opened had to be thrown out. The J&J vaccine can last about two hours once it is opened. The other vaccines can last a little longer.


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