VIDEO: FDA recommends Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine as eligibility expands in San Diego County

New vaccination sites opening in Otay Mesa and Lemon Grove


Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine requires only one dose. Canva photo

Katia Pechenkina, Multimedia Journalist, Newscene

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use on Friday. 

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine requires only one dose, unlike Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines, which require two doses given three to four weeks apart.

The latest on the vaccine can be seen in this week’s episode of Newscene, the award-winning student-produced weekly newscast.

The newly-approved vaccine can also be stored at refrigerator temperature for months.

“We urgently need more vaccines to protect the millions of Americans,” said Dr. Greg Poland, head of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, in the review panel.

Initially, doses are expected to be limited, with only 3-4 million being shipped out in the upcoming weeks.

As the U.S. plans to ship the first doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to states, San Diego will open vaccination sites in Otay Mesa and Lemon Grove.

Those are in addition to Petco Park being reopened after a five-day closure due to weather-related delays of vaccine shipments last week. 

San Diego County officials said Wednesday that education and childcare employees, as well as those in food and agriculture and non-medical emergency sectors, will be eligible to get vaccinated starting Saturday.

In other news:

SDUSD set to bring back in-person learning in April: The San Diego Unified School District will reopen to students the week of April 12 after more than a year of online learning.

To ensure safety, new protocols will be introduced as students return to in-person classes.

However, this date is dependent on the availability of vaccinations to teachers as well as the county case rate.

California to send out relief checks: Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $7.6 billion relief package this week focused on helping Low-income families, small business owners and undocumented immigrants.

Those who qualify will receive a $600 check that will be sent out in 4-6 weeks.

Hunger Action Day coming Monday: San Diego City College is offering free groceries to students, faculty, staff and community members facing food insecurity.

Hunger Action Day is held the first Tuesday and third Monday of every month. The food is donated by Feeding San Diego and the San Diego Food Bank.

Sign up for the next Hunger Action Day here.

Tiger Woods recovering after major accident: Tiger Woods remained in a Los Angeles-area hospital after a serious car accident on Tuesday morning.

The golfer, 45, required multiple surgeries to repair multiple leg fractures, according to  Dr. Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer and interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, in a statement.

Multimedia journalists Katia Pechenkina, Benjamin Guadarrama, Andy Flores and Noelle Mortensen contributed to this report.