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March 4, 2021
Hi, I’m Erin Albert and I’m Pharmacy Benefit Practice Lead at Apex Benefits.
I’m getting a ton of questions about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and it was so exciting to see the FDA advisory committee hearings and all the data that came out about the vaccine.
What’s really exciting is this vaccine is one shot. The data suggests that its still great and works well for a lot of patients.
Question 1: Should I wait for the J7J or try the two-dose regime?
Indiana did receive some Johnson & Johnson doses, but unfortunately, we are not going to receive more for the short-term. My best recommendation is to get the shot. If you are 50 and older as of March 4, you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. If you prefer J&J you can look ourshot.in.gov to determine which sites may have the J&J doses. But, I recommend overall the faster we all get vaccinated the closer we can get returning to normal.
Of course, that doesn’t mean we stop physically distancing and wearing our masks.
Also, although teachers are not at the forefront in Indiana, the federal government is looking at a new program they will be rolling out for teachers of any and all ages.
The trick is this program won’t be run through the state website or 2-1-1. There are three retail pharmacies — Kroger, Walmart and Meijer — that will be administering the vaccine. You’ll have to go to the retail sites to sign up.
Last but not least, the IMS will be hosting a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic this week. So those 50 and older, start your COVID vaccine engines. However, you will need to schedule an appointment through the IMS.