AUGUSTA – Gov. Janet Mills, Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew and Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah are welcoming the U.S. FDA’S emergency use authorization of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
In a statement, Mills called this a step in the right direction.
“As soon as we receive our allotment, we will work with health care providers to get these vaccines into the arms of Maine people as quickly and as efficiently as possible,” Mills said. “My most fundamental goal is to save lives, and this new, one-shot vaccine will help us accomplish that.”
According to a press release from the governor’s office, the Maine CDC and DHHS will soon place its first order for 11,500 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which are expected to arrive this week, along with the previously ordered 39,060 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines adding up to 50,560 doses.
The release says distribution details will be posted to Maine’s COVID-19 vaccination website on Monday.