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34,000 J&J vaccine doses expected this week

The Oregon Health Authority estimates that 34,000 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson one-dose COVID-19 vaccine will arrive in Oregon this week, adding a new weapon to the state’s arsenal against the illness, according to a news release.

The vaccine can be stored in a refrigerator “for months,” making it easier to distribute without the need for ultra-cold storage, the release said. The vaccine is 66% effective for moderate to severe COVID-19 cases, according to results of a clinical trial that involved 43,783 participants from the U.S., Latin America, Brazil and South Africa, the release said.

OHA anticipates that less of the vaccine will be available “in the next few weeks,” the release said.

Side effects include pain at the injection site, mild to moderate headache, fatigue and muscle aches.

On Monday, 351,365 Oregonians were considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 278,456 had received their first dose, according to OHA.

In Jackson County, 19,136 people were considered fully vaccinated, with 9,690 having received their first dose. In Josephine County, 5,706 residents had been fully vaccinated, and 3,262 had received the first dose.

OHA reported 197 new cases of the illness and four new deaths Monday, raising the statewide number of cases to 155,787 and the death toll 2,212.

Jackson County reported 12 new cases of the illness and removed a previously reported case, resulting in a cumulative total of 8,405 cases. The county’s death toll remained at 112.

OHA reported three new cases in Josephine County, increasing the area’s caseload to 2,344.

Twenty-eight COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in Jackson and Josephine counties, an increase of four from Sunday, with three patients in intensive care.

Statewide, 132 people were hospitalized with the illness, with 27 in ICU, an increase of one from Sunday.