Paterson to administer J&J COVID-19 vaccine to people who can’t leave their homes
The first shipments of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in New Jersey, and plans are now being put in motion to distribute those shots across the state.
Paterson has 400 doses of the vaccine at the city’s Board of Health building. The city plans to start administering the doses next week.
“We are really encouraged because we have Johnson & Johnson, which is literally a one-shot deal,” says Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh.
Paterson is among the many New Jersey municipalities that received part of New Jersey’s first batch of the vaccine shipment on Tuesday. The doses are slated to go to homebound Paterson residents and those in recovery and rehab centers.
“We’re going to go to shut-ins, so people who can’t get out of homes,” Sayegh says. “It’s that much easier for us to go in because we don’t have to go back in four weeks…because these are people who are hard to reach and probably wouldn’t come back for a second dose.”
Paterson will continue to administer the two-shot Moderna vaccine at city clinics. But the J&J vaccine is being called a game-changer because of how it can be safely stored and the fact that it only requires one shot.
Sayegh says that it doesn’t hurt that this shot also comes with some hometown pride.
“There’s nothing like saying it came from the Garden State, that New Jersey played a prominent role in putting an end to this pandemic,” he says. “And when we win this war, it’s a vaccine that came from New Jersey.”
Paterson officials will reach out to residents who are eligible for the shot.
Gov. Phil Murphy says that the J&J vaccine will be distributed in other areas of the state beginning on Friday.