A limited supply of Johnson & Johnson‘s single-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine will be made available to eligible Saskatchewan residents starting this Wednesday.
The Saskatchewan government announced Tuesday that an initial supply of 2,500 doses will be administered through multiple Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) clinics on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The vaccine is available to residents 18 years of age and older.
“Due to the limited number of doses received and potential demand, these doses will be available on a walk-in basis at (select) locations only,” noted the government in its announcement on Tuesday. “Janssen appointments cannot be booked online through the Patient Booking System.”
Clinics are planned for Regina, Saskatoon, Estevan, Prince Albert, Melfort, Swift Current, North Battleford and Lloydminster. Residents are encouraged to check SHA clinic location information online for up-to-date locations, dates and times before travelling.
The SHA clinics will be set up to permit walk-ins to be screened to receive the Janssen vaccine upon request. The government notes that inclement weather may delay vaccine deliveries.
A person who has received a Janssen shot can get their proof of vaccination14 days following their immunization. Residents can download and present their MySaskHealthRecord QR code or wallet card along with required identification.
Health officials say the Janssen vaccine is not available as a booster or third dose, but recipients of Janssen are eligible for a booster shot two months following their immunization. Either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine will be available to them.
“Approved by Health Canada, it is safe to mix vaccine types and has shown to improve overall immune response to COVID-19,” stated the government in its announcement.
About the Janssen vaccine
The provincial government has provided more information on Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine ahead of its availability in the province.
The Janssen vaccine is a single dose, viral vector COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Canada by Health Canada. The recipient of Janssen vaccines is considered “fully vaccinated” 14 days after receiving their single dose. This is the time required for the body to develop a protective immune response.
A viral vector vaccine uses a piece of a modified virus to generate an immune response but notes that it is not the virus that causes COVID-19. In the clinical trials, the Janssen vaccine had high efficacy at preventing hospitalization and death in people who did contract COVID-19. The potential side effects from receiving this vaccine are similar to all COVID-19 vaccines.
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