OAH’U — Hawai‘i has received its first shipment of the single-shot COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Johnson & Johnson today.
The Department of Health (DOH) accepted delivery of 5,900 doses on O‘ahu on Wednesday. The remaining 6,000 doses are being distributed evenly between Hawai‘i Island, Maui and Kaua‘i with each county receiving 2,000 doses, Wednesday, according to DOH.
“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is highly effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death,” Brooks Baehr, DOH representative said in a Wednesday press release. “Its single-shot regimen eliminates the need for patients to return for a second dose and it can be stored at refrigerator temperatures for months.”
DOH is inviting educators from DOE to be vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson vaccine this Friday as part of the continuing effort across the state.
In the coming days DOH will announce the dates and locations where additional populations will have access to Johnson & Johnson vaccines.