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Comparing COVID-19 vaccine options as Johnson & Johnson seeks FDA approval

Johnson & Johnson is seeking emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its COVID-19 vaccine. This would be the third vaccine to go into use along with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Posted: Jan 29, 2021 3:21 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2021 4:54 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Johnson & Johnson is seeking emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its COVID-19 vaccine.

This would be the third vaccine to go into use along with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

J & J's option has proven to be 85% effective against severe coronavirus disease in adults of all ages and racial groups during its phase 3 trial.

That's compared to Moderna and Pfizer's which both have an efficacy rate of around 95%. Also, the two vaccines are double doses meaning patients have to receive two shots before they're fully vaccinated.

On the other hand J & J's option is a one shot only vaccine which Olmsted County Public Health Department says will certainly have its uses.

Director Graham Briggs says, "It's another tool that we can use and I think we're looking at this from the clinical trial data too so I think one of the big benefits of this vaccine is it's a one dose vaccine. So, getting to the 72% in the U.S. piece of the study based on one dose is actually better than we think the Pfizer vaccine is after one dose."

Johnson & Johnson's vaccine also only needs to be stored and shipped in normal refrigerated temps which can make it easier to transfer and store.

In comparison Moderna and Pfizer both need to be shipped in ultra cold temperatures with Pfizer also needing to be stored in frigid temps as well.

While some patients may want to pick and choose which vaccine they receive Briggs says for now eligible community members will likely have to take what they can get.

He explained, "If I was given the choice of any of them I would choose Moderna or Pfizer first however if I was given the choice to get vaccinated I don't care as much about what type of vaccine it is. If I have the chance to get vaccinated I'd take that."

J & J says its vaccine is safe with reactions similar to the other COVID-19 shots such as fever that occur when the immune system is revved up.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 611458

Reported Deaths: 7753
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1267881800
Ramsey53242911
Dakota47375477
Anoka43381465
Washington27752296
Stearns22721227
St. Louis18312319
Scott17735139
Wright16589153
Olmsted13557103
Sherburne1217196
Carver1077049
Clay830192
Rice8270111
Blue Earth772144
Crow Wing690599
Kandiyohi671785
Chisago628254
Otter Tail591787
Benton587198
Goodhue486474
Douglas479581
Mower478234
Winona465052
Itasca463368
Isanti446967
McLeod435461
Morrison428562
Beltrami411463
Nobles410650
Steele401619
Polk391172
Becker389657
Lyon365854
Carlton357158
Freeborn352634
Pine337923
Nicollet334645
Mille Lacs315556
Brown309040
Le Sueur300528
Todd288833
Cass288633
Meeker266644
Waseca241223
Martin237333
Roseau212421
Wabasha20843
Hubbard198841
Dodge19053
Renville184046
Redwood178641
Houston175916
Cottonwood168224
Wadena165223
Fillmore160010
Faribault157220
Chippewa154138
Pennington154120
Kanabec148028
Sibley147410
Aitkin139837
Watonwan13629
Rock129419
Jackson123112
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Yellow Medicine115420
Pope11406
Swift107618
Murray107410
Koochiching96819
Stevens92611
Clearwater89417
Marshall89017
Lake84620
Wilkin84013
Lac qui Parle76122
Big Stone6094
Grant5958
Lincoln5863
Mahnomen5669
Norman5509
Kittson49122
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Cook1740

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Cases: 376815

Reported Deaths: 6122
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Linn21567342
Scott20530250
Black Hawk16850320
Woodbury15378230
Johnson1479586
Dubuque13627215
Dallas1150699
Pottawattamie11393177
Story1092548
Warren594392
Clinton565894
Cerro Gordo564898
Webster546397
Sioux520574
Muscatine4956106
Marshall493679
Des Moines481776
Jasper454273
Wapello4402124
Buena Vista432340
Plymouth405782
Lee396958
Marion372378
Henry301737
Jones301357
Bremer294663
Carroll287252
Boone273735
Crawford273541
Benton264255
Washington261051
Dickinson251145
Mahaska235151
Jackson225943
Kossuth222166
Clay217927
Tama213872
Delaware213343
Winneshiek201337
Buchanan197834
Page195722
Cedar194323
Hardin192544
Wright191240
Hamilton189251
Fayette188943
Harrison182873
Clayton173258
Butler169135
Madison168019
Floyd165242
Mills164724
Cherokee162238
Lyon161241
Poweshiek159836
Allamakee156452
Hancock154034
Iowa149124
Winnebago147031
Calhoun144813
Cass142155
Grundy139733
Emmet137341
Jefferson135535
Sac133320
Shelby132238
Louisa130749
Union129535
Franklin129223
Appanoose128749
Mitchell127343
Chickasaw126017
Humboldt126026
Guthrie125332
Palo Alto115224
Montgomery106938
Howard105522
Clarke102624
Monroe101533
Keokuk100432
Ida93735
Adair90132
Davis88525
Pocahontas87022
Monona86731
Greene80011
Osceola79517
Lucas78323
Worth7648
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Fremont64910
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Ringgold57124
Wayne56623
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