As new J&J vaccine arrives in Arizona, health leaders say take any vaccine that’s available

By Alison Steinbach, Stephanie Innes | Arizona Republic

Doses of the new, one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are arriving in Arizona, leaving many Arizonans asking if they should get it or one of the two-shot Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

The answer, health officials say, is get whichever is available to you when you become eligible, because they all protect against severe outcomes.

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Some people are sure to still have preferences based on convenience, health or even religious reasons, because the three available vaccines are slightly different.

But the good news is researchers say all three are effective vaccines that prevent hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.

“Our general message at this point is to take the vaccine that’s offered to you as they are all highly effective at preventing serious illness and death,” Holly Poynter, an Arizona Department of Health Services spokesperson, wrote in an email. “They’ve all undergone rigorous trials and been reviewed and approved for emergency use by the federal government.”


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