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State makes Johnson and Johnson vaccines widely available at weekend clinics

  • A sign leading into the COVID-19 vaccination site at the Keene State College athletic facility. Vaccine Sign Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monitor staff
Published: 5/7/2021 1:28:08 PM

The state will hold vaccination sites in four cities, including Concord, every weekend for those willing to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Eligible adults can register for these slots at one of the four locations, including one in Concord, on VINI where the appointments will be labeled as administering the single-dose shot. This news comes as state officials fear the that the 10-day pause recommended by U.S health agencies has shaken the public’s confidence in the shot.

About two-thirds of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines offered at state-run sites went unused this past weekend, raising concerns that the 10-day pause recommended by U.S. health agencies has exacerbated hesitancy in New Hampshire.

According to a recent poll from the UNH Survey Center, the primary reason residents were unlikely to get the shot was due to concerns about the safety of the vaccine. Some data from the same survey suggests that this pause has impacted how people perceive the one-dose shot, which was once the most popular of the three vaccines.

In March, 43% of respondents who had a vaccine preference said they wanted the Johnson and Johnson shot while other respondents were split between the Pfizer and Moderna shot. In April’s survey, shortly after the pause was announced, just 12% of the group said they wanted the Johnson & Johnson shot – instead, Pfizer became the preferred vaccine. However, most respondents said that even if their preferred brand was not available, they would opt to get vaccinated as soon as possible instead of waiting for their preference.

To register for a vaccine appointment, visit www.vaccines.nh.gov.


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