If the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine gets approved this weekend, people could start getting vaccinated with it right away. So, what kind of side effects might they expect?
“About half of the people reported soreness at the site of injection, maybe about 39% headache, 39% fatigue and about 1/3 muscle aches,” Moss said.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose shot and can be refrigerated at normal temperatures for three months. Trials on about 45,000 people show it has a 72% overall efficacy.
“I think the really good news is 86% efficacy against severe forms of COVID-19 here in the United States, and 82% against severe disease in South Africa,” Moss said.
Does being inoculated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine mean you can’t spread the coronavirus? Moss said it has an efficacy rate of about 74% against asymptomatic infection.
“The numbers in the sub study were small, and we’re going to have to learn more, but again, some encouraging evidence that the vaccine provides some protection against asymptomatic infection,” Moss said.
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