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The CDC Calls This COVID Vaccine a "Terrific Option"

Plus, how to help others get vaccinated.

The one-shot COVID vaccine by Johnson & Johnson is a "terrific option," said CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Monday. During a briefing by theWhite House COVID-19 Response Team, Walensky said that most Americans who received the first of the two-dose vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna got their second shot on time. CDC data shows that only 3 percent of Americans missed a second dose, and overall, 96 percent got their second dose within four days of the recommended time frame (21 days after the first shot for Pfizer and 28 days for Moderna).  Read on for more reasons to take any of the three vaccines—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

The CDC Chief Called the J & J Vaccine a "Terrific Option"

"These findings are incredibly reassuring as we continue to scale up our vaccination efforts," said Walensky. "They show that our systems are working and that people are taking vaccination seriously, even when it means taking time to show up for their second appointment.  It is remarkable what we can do as a nation when we are united against the virus."

Walensky said the CDC was working with local jurisdictions to remind people of their second-dose appointments, to repurpose any missed doses so they're not wasted. She said the agency is also making available "the single-dose vaccine, Johnson & Johnson, as a terrific option for individuals who may prefer a one-dose vaccine." 

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More Than 38 Million Fully Vaccinated

According to the CDC, as of March 14, 19 million people have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine and 17.7 million with Moderna. Slightly more than 1.4 million people have been fully vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  

Last week, President Biden directed states to make all Americans eligible for vaccination by May 1. He has pledged to have enough vaccine available to vaccinate all eligible Americans by the end of that month. 

"I encourage those who can to help others get vaccinated," said Walensky. "This can be as simple as helping family members and other loved ones with scheduling their appointments, reminding them about their appointments, and driving or accompanying them to their appointments. These small acts will go a long way toward protecting health and helping to end the pandemic."

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How to Survive this Pandemic

As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Michael Martin
Michael Martin is a New York City-based writer and editor whose health and lifestyle content has also been published on Beachbody and Openfit. A contributing writer for Eat This, Not That!, he has also been published in New York, Architectural Digest, Interview, and many others. Read more about Michael
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