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Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccines given in Belhaven

People in Belhaven are among the first in the state to get the one-shot vaccine.
People in Belhaven are among the first in the state to get the one-shot vaccine.(WITN)
Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 11:11 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 3, 2021 at 3:57 PM EST
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BELHAVEN, N.C. (WITN) - One-shot vaccines are now being administered here in Eastern Carolina.

North Carolina received 80,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and some of that made its way to Beaufort County today.

Doses of the new vaccine, which was approved only on Saturday, were given out at O’Neal’s Drug Store in Belhaven.

The pharmacy received 150 doses, and by 4:00 p.m. it had inoculated 105 residents. They hope to use all the vaccine by the end of today.

The Beaufort County Health Department said it decided not to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at its public community vaccine clinics, instead, they’re letting it be used at targeted vaccination efforts like the one at O’Neal’s.

Vidant Health also said it received a big shipment of the one-shot vaccine.

CEO Dr. Michael Waldrum delivered that update as he received it during the weekly Pitt County Health Department COVID-19 update.

Waldrum held up his phone during the virtual meeting showing what he says is 12,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

He says that Vidant requested 10,000 doses of the vaccine from the state but that they granted them more.

There’s no word yet on when Vidant will administer their supply of Johnson & Johnson.

Waldrum says the J&J delivery is on top of the allotment of what the system knew they were getting of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine.

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