White House orders more vaccines
The Biden Administration announced on February 11, 2021, they had reserved an additional 200 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, bringing the U.S. total to 600 million. “Just this afternoon, we signed the final contracts for 100 million more Moderna and 100 million more Pfizer vaccines,” Biden said.
The U.S. is already averaging about 1.67 million doses per day on average. By ordering 200 million more doses of Covid-19 vaccines, the U.S. will have enough supply for 300 million Americans by the end of July.
The White House announced yesterday, it ordered enough doses to vaccinate all American adults by July.
Speed of NJ covid vaccinations program
The speed of New Jersey’s vaccination program is picking up. The first vaccination was given on December 15th.
The pace picked up one month later, 250 million vaccinations were administered. 10 days later, New Jersey was able to exceed 500,000 administered vaccinations. NJ has now crossed the 1.5 million mark.
1.6 million covid vaccinations have been given. Since Friday, NJ has administered 116,927 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to adults.
Second dose of NJ covid vaccinations
Most canceled second-dose vaccination appointments have been rescheduled.
Commissioner Judy Persichilli of the Department of Health has asked those vaccinated to return to the same site for their second dose. All second doses will be shipped to the same site in which the first dose was received.
The new Johnson & Johnson vaccination should increase the potential for residents to be vaccinated. The Johnson & Johnson only requires one dose to be administered. It does not have to be kept at the lower temperatures that the Pfizer and Modena vaccines must be stored. Thus the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be more mobile. According to Persichilli, “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be able to be available closer to where individuals live.”
Johnson & Johnson intends to distribute the vaccine to the U.S. government immediately following authorization and expects to supply 100 million doses to the U.S. in the first half of 2021