By WHITNEE ICE
St. Joseph Post
The Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is back after it was withdrawn from use earlier.
The CDC and FDA have recommended use of the vaccine again and Doniphan County has turned this recommendation into action by starting the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine this week.
Doniphan County Health Department Administrator Sheryl Pierce says the county had administered 200 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine before it was previously withdrawn from use.
“We had a large list, a huge list of people interested in that Johnson and Johnson before we even received it,” Pierce tells St. Joseph Post.
Pierce says the county continues to use the Moderna vaccine as well but has yet to administer the Pfizer vaccine.
“We are asking anybody that wants the Pfizer that’s 16 and 17 years old to give us a call,” says Pierce. “We’re making a list and if we can get enough interest in the Pfizer vaccine we will go ahead and get it.”
Pierce says Doniphan County has administered 1,660 doses of vaccine overall.
“We have about 6,000 people in our county that are eligible for this vaccine, 18 and older and we have vaccinated probably about 22-25% of these people,” says Pierce.
Pierce says there aren’t lines or waiting lists keeping you from receiving the available vaccines now.
“Pretty much you can call and you can get in and get it.”