New York is providing Johnson & Johnson vaccine in three places this week

Single-dose vaccine is coming to NY

Yankee Stadium State Mass Vaccination Centers, Jacob Javits Center and Syracuse State Exhibition Center will begin administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week.

The United States and New York in particular could be on the verge of a significant spike in the spread of COVID-19 vaccines.

President Joe Biden announced that Johnson & Johnson will partner with pharmaceutical competitor Merck to rapidly manufacture its recently approved single-dose vaccine. That means there could be two coronavirus vaccines for all adult Americans by the end of May, two months earlier than expected, the president said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will eventually deliver Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine at all state bulk vaccination sites, but will first start a pilot program at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, Javits Center in Manhattan, and the state fairground in Syracuse. All of these places will add appointments and operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Yankee Stadium will begin administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at 8 p.m. Thursday. The Javits Center starts on Friday at 9 p.m. The exhibition center begins on Friday at 10 p.m.

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New York is slated to receive approximately 164,800 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week. The Cuomo administration said it had decided to distribute this allocation as soon as possible as the White House COVID-19 task force said production would lag for a short time after the allocation next week.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is appealing because it can be stored in the refrigerator and only takes one dose. The reported rate of effectiveness is lower than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. However, public health officials say the data is a bit misleading as Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were tested before many of the common variants showed up.

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Dr. John Whyte, WebMD’s chief medical officer, urges anyone who is hesitant to take an advertised vaccine.

“It’s 85% effective in severe infections. It’s 100% effective against hospitalizations and death,” he said, referring to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. “I am really impressed. I encourage people not to delay the Johnson & Johnson vaccine if given the opportunity.”

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pilot Program

These sites will give the J&J vaccine (one dose) separately from the Pfizer vaccine (two doses) during this pilot program.

A health worker gives a COVID-19 vaccine to a Bronx resident who lives at the Yankee Stadium mass vaccination site in the Bronx, NY on February 5, 2021.

Yankee Stadium (Bronx residents only)

1 E. 161 St., The Bronx, NY 10451

Pilot takes off: Thursday, March 4th

Pilot hours: 8 p.m. – 7 a.m.

Bronx residents can book an appointment online at somosvaccinations.com or by calling 833-766-6769 (833-SOMOS-NY).

Jacob Javits Center

429 11th Ave., New York, NY 10001

Pilot takes off: Friday 5th March

Pilot hours: 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.

Eligible New Yorkers can book an appointment online at Am I Eligible or by calling 833-697-4829 (833-NYS-4-VAX).

New York State Fair Site

581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13209

Pilot takes off: Friday 5th March

Pilot hours: 10 p.m. – 6 a.m.

Eligible New Yorkers can book an appointment online at Am I Eligible or by calling 833-697-4829 (833-NYS-4-VAX).

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