Johnson & Johnson booster shot 94% effective against COVID-19, study finds

Will those who rolled up their sleeves once for J&J shot do so again?
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Posted at 9:36 PM, Sep 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-21 23:51:37-04

Johnson & Johnson now says a second shot of its COVID-19 vaccine is 94% effective against preventing COVID-19, making it comparable to Moderna's and Pfizer's vaccines.

J&J also says adding a booster dose raised immunity.

The company says three of its studies show the vaccine provides long-lasting protection that could be boosted with an extra shot.

The J&J shot has faced challenges during the pandemic, including a period of time when it was pulled from the market over clotting concerns.

So with a second dose possible on the horizon, will those who rolled up their sleeves once for the J&J shot do so again?

"I'll probably get the second dose because I've already got the first one."

Sebastian Thurmond got the J&J vaccine in July.

"I went with the J&J because it was old technology and I don't like needles at all, so I figured one shot was good enough," explained Thurmond. "And it was like a 64% chance of not getting it [COVID]."

Now that percentage is even higher, according to the company's ongoing trial.

It shows giving two doses 56 days apart provided 100% protection against severe COVID-19 and 94% protection against moderate to severe COVID-19 in the United States.

Thurmond hopes this new development encourages others to get vaccinated.

"Quit being hardheaded and just get it done. You'll feel bad after a day or so but just get it done. It's nothing but upsides, basically,” Thurmond added.

He says he also hopes it gains emergency authorization to receive a shot.

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