Wayne Memorial Opens J&J COVID Vaccine Clinic

By Margaret Allen
An unanticipated and significant amount of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine was received by Wayne Memorial Hospital this week, prompting a new vaccine clinic for the public on Friday, April 9th. This clinic will be held on the ground floor at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, from 7am – 5pm (last appointment is at 4:30pm). Register for this or any Wayne Memorial vaccine clinic, on the hospital's website, COVID Vaccine Registration - Wayne Memorial Hospital. You will need an account for a vaccine (separate from your medical records) to register for a clinic. Everyone in the 1A and 1B phase are eligible. The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine is available to adults 18 and older. It calls for only one dose, unlike Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, the other COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use by the Food & Drug Administration.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) says the J&J vaccine is 63% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people who had no evidence of prior infection two weeks after receiving the vaccine. It is highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death in people who do get sick.

The J&J vaccine’s storage requirements are a lot less stringent than those for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, and it is not manufactured using mRNA technology. The J&J vaccine instead uses “viral vector” technology, or a harmless inactivated cold virus to activate the body's immune response to COVID-19. The J&J vaccine also, unlike the other two, does not contain polyethylene glycol, which precipitates an allergic response in some people. This is a common ingredient found in such products as Miralax, acetaminophen and ibuprofen. The CDC states that none of the approved vaccines contain a live virus, and the recipient cannot get COVID-19 from any of these vaccines