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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine in individuals 18-years of age and older, and shipments of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine have started arriving in Tennessee. Here are some important facts to know about the J&J vaccine.

Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is optional, and all Tennesseans have a choice in what COVID-19 vaccine
they receive.

All vaccines protect you from serious illness and death from COVID-19.

Fiction: The J&J vaccine isn’t going to be as effective against COVID-19 because it’s only one dose, as opposed to the two doses needed with Moderna and Pfizer.
Fact: In making its decision to authorize the one-dose J&J vaccine, the FDA evaluated scientific evidence indicating the J&J vaccine was 93 percent effective in preventing severe COVID-19, and protected individuals against hospitalization and death 28 days after they received the vaccine. See the FDA’s Frequently Asked Questions and Letter of Emergency Use Authorization on the J&J vaccine.

Fiction: Certain people will only be eligible for the J&J vaccine.
Fact: All Tennesseans have a choice in what vaccine they receive. The FDA approved the J&J vaccine after determining it is effective in preventing severe COVID-19. The Tennessee Dept. of Health will continue to administer the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at all county health departments. The J&J vaccine will be primarily provided to consumers through private sector health care providers. Visit VaccineFinder.org to find out if the J&J vaccine is available at providers in your area.

Fiction: Just like Modern and Pfizer, the J&J COVID-19 vaccine was rapidly developed and tested,
and it is not safe.
Fact: All COVID-19 vaccines go through the same careful process as every other vaccine. Just like the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the J&J vaccine was found to be safe during research studies with no serious events to the volunteers who received the vaccines.

Fiction: The J&J vaccine is going to make you sick with COVID-19.
Fact: The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain the COVID-19 virus and will not make someone sick with COVID-19.

About one-third of people receiving a COVID-19 vaccine may experience mild symptoms of headache, fatigue, a low-grade fever, or body aches. Most who receive the COVID-19 vaccine will not experience any symptoms.

Fiction: The J&J vaccine was developed using “fetal tissue”.
Fact: Tissues are groups of organized cells. Tissues are not used to make vaccines. Fetal tissue was not used to make J&J’s, nor any other, COVID-19 vaccine. In developing its vaccine, J&J used a fetal cell line, which no longer contains the original donor cells, to grow a harmless virus, which causes some of the body’s cells to make a protein that causes the immune response.

Tennesseans now have three safe and effective vaccines available to prevent COVID-19. All available
COVID-19 vaccines effectively prevent moderate cases of the infection and prevent severe cases of
COVID-19 that can lead to hospitalization and death.

In addition to getting a vaccine, wearing a mask, washing your hands, and watching your distance are
still necessary to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Tennessee.

For more frequently asked questions, visit our vaccine page.