North Dakota set to receive more than 6,000 doses of J&J vaccine by week’s end

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Health said that most areas statewide are now in vaccination Phase 1B, which includes anyone age 16 and up with two or more underlying conditions. A vaccine locater is available online here so residents can find out where to get their shots.

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Phase 1B, courtesy ND DoH

North Dakota is scheduled to receive 6,300 doses of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine on Friday, March 5, and will integrate them into the states vaccine rollout.

“Some major benefits of the Janssen vaccine include only requiring one dose and being able to be stored in refrigerators,” said Molly Howell, NDDoH Immunization Director. “The vaccine has shown 85% efficacy at preventing severe COVID-19, with complete protection against hospitalizations and death after 28 days.”

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was given emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on February 27, making it the third vaccine available for use in the U.S.

137,039 North Dakota residents (18.7%) have received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 77,797 residents (10.6%) have received two doses.

On Wednesday, the DoH reported 111 new positive cases of COVID-19 and a daily positivity rate of 2.25%.

Active cases rose by 29 to 605.

76 additional people have recovered from the virus; 98,014 have recovered so far in the pandemic.

20 people are currently hospitalized, down four from Tuesday. Three of those patients are in the intensive care unit.

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graphic courtesy: ND DoH, via Twitter

The following counties have recorded new positive cases:

  • Cass County (Fargo) – 16 cases
  • Burleigh County (Bismarck) – 12 cases
  • Ward County (Minot) – 13 cases
  • Williams County (Williston) – eight cases
  • Grand Forks County (Grand Forks) – five case

One new death was added Wednesday, bringing the states death toll to 1,448 since the pandemic began.

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