No more J&J shots at Florida’s mass vaccination sites

Ron DeSantis
DeSantis said he prefers J&J for mass vaccination sites, adding 'that's what I got.'

Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccines will no longer be available at Florida’s mass vaccination sites, at least not anytime soon. That’s because the federal government has stopped shipping that vaccine to Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday.

“No sites are getting them now because we haven’t gotten a shipment from the federal government since May 2. That was the last time the state got J&J,” DeSantis said Monday in Orlando. “So they’ve been farmed out as needed. But we’re now at the point where the stockpile is depleted.”

DeSantis offered the explanation after Orange County officials announced that, effective Monday, they could no longer offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at Camping World Stadium, the mass-vaccination site that DeSantis was visiting in Orlando.

DeSantis said if the state gets more, it will go out. But in the meantime, mass vaccination sites like Camping World Stadium will be offered the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines, which require people to get two shots at least three weeks apart. At Camping World Stadium, officials provide the Pfizer vaccine.

“I personally, for these types of sites, I like J&J because you just go through once. That’s what I got, many months ago. And I think that’s a good option,” DeSantis said.

“So if we can get more, we obviously want to provide it, particularly when you’re talking about people that are getting it in a non-clinical setting,” he added. “If it’s a drive-through or something, it really does help to be able to go one time. And then logistically, we know if there are 200 people that come through for Johnson & Johnson, those are 200 people we don’t have to worry about coming in 30 days later, or 28 days later, or 21 days later.”

DeSantis confirmed the loss of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine option as he continued his promotional tour for Floridians who catch COVID-19 to seek treatment with monoclonal antibody therapy. He touted the therapy as having a 90% efficacy in keeping people out of hospitals — almost as effective as vaccines.

Nonetheless, DeSantis continued his mixed messaging on vaccines, cautioning that vaccinated people still catch COVID-19. He expressed annoyance when a reporter asked him why he does not push vaccines as hard as he does monoclonal therapy. He challenged journalists to look at his statements from several months ago, when he pushed them hard, particularly for seniors and other vulnerable people.

He suggested vaccinations and monoclonal antibody therapy are not mutually exclusive. He said people who get vaccinated also should consider getting the monoclonal therapy if they catch COVID-19.

“So do both,” he said. “But just understand, people who are vaccinated are still testing positive. People who are very high risk, that vaccine is reducing their exposure to serious illness. But it’s still something that we want them to know.”

His press secretary, Christina Pushaw, followed up with a statement noting that even one dose of Pfizer or Moderna offers some protection.

“But people should get vaccinated with the vaccines available,” she wrote.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


9 comments

  • Tom

    August 16, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Why is this a controversy,
    Who was the ignorant reporter?
    Why is he a reporter?
    How stupid can they be?
    The Governor has strongly encouraged Floridians to consider getting a shot.
    Florida led the country with seniors getting shots. My goodness..

    • Jerry

      August 19, 2021 at 5:08 pm

      To a Democrat, if DeSantis isn’t forcing people to get it, than it’s not encouraging enough. The liberals don’t want force and control.

  • Tom Palmer

    August 16, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks, Dr. SeSantis.

    • Tom

      August 16, 2021 at 9:49 pm

      Hey Palmer you pud!
      That’s the Biden team cutting it off.
      You can thank the Biden adm.
      Save it you cheap shot cocoon liberal.

  • Anna

    August 16, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    My neighbor’s aunt makes 62 every hour on the internet..i she has been without work for eight months but the previous month her revenue was 19022 only working on the laptop 5 hours a day..

    check this….. http://SwagTip.com

  • Patrick

    August 17, 2021 at 8:01 am

    The best Governor evaaaaa!

  • The Bumps

    August 17, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    DeSantis is running the state like his Yale baseball team, cellar dwellers.

    • Zhombre

      August 17, 2021 at 1:57 pm

      He had a pretty good batting average LOL

  • Dianne

    August 20, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Someone check where desantis sends his kids. A private school where masks are mandatory?

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