Marion VA to administer Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Marion VA to administer Johnson & Johnson vaccine

MARION, Ill. (KFVS) - The Marion VA Health Care System announced that veterans will begin to receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, March 10.

Trials of the Janssen (J&J) vaccine showed it was more than 85 percent effective in preventing severe to critical infection from COVID-19 after at least 28 days of it being administered.

The Marion VA said the addition of a third vaccine is welcome news.

“The Marion VA Health Care System is eager to be able to offer a third highly effective vaccine to more Veterans,” said Public Affairs Officer Todd Wright. “This one-dose vaccine will help us reach our ultimate goal of offering COVID-19 vaccination to all Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.”

As of Friday, the Marion VA said more than 5,000 veterans, employees and federal partners have received their first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. More than 3,000 have received both doses.

Veterans who are enrolled and receiving health care in VA are eligible to get the vaccine.

More information and how a veteran can enroll for a COVID-19 vaccine, click here.

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