Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine
The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is the third authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for Emergency Use. It will store for up to three months at regular refrigerator temperatures, and it’s easier to distribute widely. It is also a single-dose vaccine, so it’s more convenient to get fully vaccinated quickly.
How does the J&J vaccine work?
The J&J vaccine is a “viral vector” vaccine, the same technology proven safe in the Ebola vaccine. First, scientists modified a common cold virus so it can’t make anyone sick. Then they used this harmless virus to deliver the genetic information of the COVID-19 protein spike to your cells. There, it teaches your immune system to recognize the protein and fight the coronavirus.
Why don’t I get a choice of vaccines?
The COVID-19 virus is very contagious! The longer you wait before getting a vaccine, the longer you are at risk of getting a COVID-19 infection that could kill you. All three authorized vaccines will keep you safe from contracting COVID-19.
Get the first vaccine you can, as soon as you are eligible!
Underlying conditions or pregnancy
Any of the three vaccines, including the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, can be given, especially if you have underlying medical conditions like diabetes, cancer, or coronary artery disease. Do you have a history of severe allergic reactions to a vaccine?
None of the vaccine tests included pregnant or breastfeeding women. Keep in mind you are at a higher risk of a severe case of COVID-19. So the choice is up to you. But based on current knowledge, the vaccines are believed to be safe.
If you have an impaired immune system, talk to your regular doctor ahead of time. Your doctor may adjust your usual medication or treatment to boost the vaccine’s effectiveness.
Expect the usual side effects with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
Expect pain and redness at the site of injection, chills, headaches, nausea, body aches, fatigue, and fever for a day or two. But you may not see side effects at all. It’s okay to take a painkiller for side effects.
There’s a remote chance you could experience severe allergic reactions. That’s why you should stick around for 15 minutes after getting the shot so you can be monitored and treated if that happens.
COVID-19 testing at Vedas
Vedas does drive-up testing outside our offices. Call when you arrive at 281-298-5476 and our receptionist will send staff to you for paperwork and your tests.
If you have medical insurance, you will only pay a co-pay. If you are uninsured, you will pay fee-for-service: PCR test, $125; Antibody and Rapid Antigen tests, $110 each.
Vedas is minutes from I-45 (Houston’s North Freeway) in The Woodlands. We look forward to seeing you soon!