Taming the 4th COVID surge: Delay second shots and get first vaccine doses into arms ASAP

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Sturm College of Law


COVID, Vaccines, Public health, Johnson & Johnson, Hospitals


From Michigan to Massachusetts, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise again. Deaths will soon follow.

We have a way to respond and save lives: vaccinations, which prevent infection and have also shown they are effective in preventing transmission. There will be enough vaccines by summer to vaccinate every American, including children as young as 12. But summer is not here yet. And the recent spoilage of 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine means we will need 30 million more doses of two-shot vaccines soon, to make up for the loss.

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