Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine soon to be available in Graham County

Contributed Photo: The Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine will soon be available in Graham County.

Staff Reports

SAFFORD – The Graham County Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that the Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine will be available to county residents who are 55 years old or older starting Monday, March 15. 

Those interested in making an appointment to receive the vaccine should click here and scroll down to Monday, March 15 to register. 

While the Pfizer and Moderna two-shot vaccines utilize messenger RNA, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine works through a different mechanism and uses the more traditional DNA, which is introduced to the nucleus of cells with an adenovirus which is modified so it cannot replicate itself and cause disease. All three vaccines have been approved for use by the federal government and have safety records in good standing. All prompt the body to produce T-cells, which retain a memory of the protein and attack it. 

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