ABC Action News: Florida Expecting 175,000 Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Doses this Week
March 1, 2021
TAMPA, Fla. —
Florida’s vaccination effort is getting another boost with Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine. They expect to deliver the doses this week.
Four million doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine are currently being shipped across the country.
“We don’t exactly how much but tentatively the numbers that we’re looking at for Johnson & Johnson shipment to Florida this week is 175,000 doses,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis.
It’s the only COVID-19 vaccine out of the three that comes in a single dose. It also does not need to be kept in a freezer and can be stored at refrigerated temperatures.
Dr. David Berger said this could mean more people could get vaccinated in a shorter period of time.
“Not all people coming back for the second vaccine, even though they’re scheduled not everybody does shows up. Of course, we’re now hearing questions about is the four weeks too soon,” said Dr. David Berger, a board-certified pediatrician at Wholistic Pediatrics and Family Care.
In US trials, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is considered 72% effective. The other two vaccines are both near 95% effective.
“They’ve all shown a drastic almost complete reduction of hospitalizations and death,” Dr. Berger said.
However, he says he is concerned the lower efficacy means there’s a chance vaccinated people can still spread the virus.
“If there’s a 20 percent difference in terms of effectiveness then that also means that there’s a 20% more people who may be mildly or asymptomatic who had the vaccine who may still be passing to other people in their community,” said Dr. Berger.
Dr. Berger recommends people inform themselves on the possible benefits and risks of taking a COVID-19 vaccine, but ultimately the choice to take a vaccine is in the hands of the individual making the decision.
Now that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has proven to be safe and effective in people 18 and older, the company will begin studies with children.
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Dr. David Berger (“Dr. David”), a Board Certified Pediatrician with over 20 years of experience as a clinician, has developed a national reputation in wholistic pediatric primary care. Dr. David is considered Tampa Bay area’s leading authority on medical cannabis for adults and children, and is one of the nation’s most experienced pediatricians using medical cannabis to help facilitate the treatment of children with chronic conditions.
Dr. David graduated from The Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1994 and completed his pediatric residency at the University of South Florida/Tampa General Hospital where he first began utilizing wholistic therapies. Dr. David has been in private practice since 1997 and in 2005 opened Wholistic Pediatrics & Family Care, his medical practice in Tampa, Florida. In 2010, Dr. David was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. In 2016, he launched Wholistic ReLeaf to help qualified patients become certified to use medical cannabis.