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Harris County To Get 12,000 Doses Of The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine This Week

The doses are being delivered to the FEMA vaccination site at NRG Park on Tuesday.

Boxes of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are shown at the McKesson Corporation in Shepherdsville, Ky. Houston is slated to get 12,000 doses this week, making it the 3rd vaccine available in the area.

Harris County will receive 12,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this week, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The doses will be delivered to the FEMA-funded vaccine mega site at NRG Park Tuesday, but not necessarily administered there, according to Harris County Public Health. City and county health offiicals haven’t yet specified where the Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be administered.

This is now the third COVID-19 vaccine that will be available to Houstonians.

Houston’s Health Authority, Dr. David Persse, said although the Johnson & Johnson vaccine doesn’t match the effectiveness of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, it's still a “very, very effective vaccine.”

​”Let's not get our standards messed up," he said. "The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is an excellent vaccine, and if you can get it, you should.”

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the best option for people with transportation issues since it's a single dose, compared to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which require two doses.

The other two FEMA vaccine sites in Texas — located in Dallas and Arlington — are scheduled to each receive 6,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses this week, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The state is set to receive more than 200,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines next week.

Correction (March 2, 2021): This post has been updated to reflect that the Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be delivered to NRG Park, but not necessarily administered there.

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