MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced Monday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a third COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed nationwide.
DHS reported that Wisconsin accepts an initial allocation of 47,000 doses next week. These will be incorporated into Wisconsin's allocation strategy.
“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is going to be a game changer for our statewide response to COVID-19,” said Gov. Tony Evers in a written statement.
He continued, “one of the biggest hurdles we have faced is supply, and this will get more vaccine into Wisconsin. This vaccine also protects people and has been shown to prevent serious illness from the virus after just one dose, which makes it more accessible to Wisconsinites and reduces the burden on our vaccine providers.”
FDA issued the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 27.