Vaccine appointments will open to teachers and those older than 50 this month

Monitor staff
Published: 3/4/2021 5:14:55 PM

Teachers and and Granite Staters older than 50 will be able to sign up for vaccine appointments this month, thanks to new shipments of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Starting next week, those in Phase 2A, which includes teachers and school staff, will start getting vaccines through the Regional Public Health Network, Gov. Chris Sununu announced at a press conference Thursday.

Vaccinates will be more broadly available to teachers on March 17 when a new, state-run registration system will open that allows school staff to book appointments at state-fixed sites as soon as March 22. Walgreens, which has partnered with the state to distribute and administer vaccines, will also assist in the vaccination of Phase 2A.

Because Phase 2A only has about 50,000 people, Sununu said people in Phase 2B, which includes those 50 and older, will be able to register for their vaccination appointment starting March 22.

“If we get more and more vaccine, there is still an opportunity for some of these dates to change and move them up even further,” he said.

Clinical trials in the United States have determined that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is 72% effective. This is slightly slower than the two other approved vaccines, but higher efficacy doesn’t always mean a vaccine is superior. Furthermore, unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, it only requires only one dose.

State and federal health officials have urged Americans to take whichever vaccine first becomes available to them, citing research that shows all of the approved vaccines are extremely effective at preventing serious illness.

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