Dallas County to Receive Newly Approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Next Week – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Dallas County will be among the first locations in the country to receive the Johnson & Johnson emergency COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins tweeted Friday afternoon that Dallas County Health & Human Services will receive 6,000 doses next week to vaccinate vulnerable populations less likely to be available for their second shot, including the incarcerated and homeless as well as others.
The news comes shortly after a panel of experts from the Food and Drug Administration approved the emergency use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine after the FDA confirmed on Wednesday that it was safe and effective.
While the FDA is not required to follow the advisory committee’s recommendation, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines did.
This makes the Johnson & Johnson vaccine the third vaccine recommended by the Panel for Emergency Use Approval.
The US government said it plans to ship three to four million doses of the new vaccine next week.
While early J&J shipments will be low, the company has announced it will ship 20 million cans by the end of March and a total of 100 million cans by the end of June.
J & J’s vaccine protects against the worst effects of COVID-19 after a shot and can be stored at refrigerator temperature for up to three months. This makes it easier to handle than the previous vaccines that need to be frozen.
Would you like to be put on a waiting list for vaccines?
As the state begins distributing the COVID-19 vaccines to those in Phase 1A and 1B, the county’s health departments created waiting lists for those who would like to be vaccinated.
You can now register to get vaccination in Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties. Links are below:
Waiting list links: Collin – Search waiting list | Dallas | Denton | Tarrant
You do not need to be in the county to register for COVID-19 vaccination in that county. Registration is open to anyone in Texas. Tarrant County also accepts registrations by phone at 817-248-6299 for those without Internet access. In Dallas County, call the DCHHS vaccine hotline at 1-855-IMMUNE9 (1-855-466-8639). Call Denton County 940-349-2585.