JnJ said they will have 10 to 12M doses ready upon approval in late Feb and they have fully ramped up production so millions coming off the line each day. There’s no reason to believe they won’t have 30 to 50M doses delivered and in arms before then end of March. One of their board members said 100M doses delivered as early as the end of April. The JnJ shots are also not required to be frozen and one shot. They are perfect for mass workplace vaccinations for that reason. Amazon has already said they will take care of vaccinating their 80,000+ warehouse workers if the government just sends them the shot. This is perfect for that. Sent to the sites, administered immediately and 2 weeks later immunity. How many of those workers will get sick waiting a month or 2 for the “better“ vaccines. Much better to use all the tools we have.I don’t think it’s selfish to want what-you-deem the best product for yourself or your family. I don’t buy less effective cold medicines. And, in any event, we need strong vaccine uptake, and I do not think the new administration would have entered into additional contracts with Pfizer and Moderna if they did not expect that’s what most people will want. 400 million from them plus 100 million from JnJ was already enough. So why did they buy more? Most of those extra doses will arrive after the JnJ ones.
The only explanation is that most people will want the Pfizer or Moderna ones. JnJ will be largely used for select populations and then donated to other countries.
I also think you are expecting more than JnJ can realistically provide. Some states have already moved on to essential workers. For the rest, the move is imminent. There will not be much available from JnJ in the next month. That’s more toward April, during what Fauci describes as “open season”, after essential workers are already taken care of.
Plus, 27% of teachers are already eligible and receiving the current vaccines. There other 73% are scratching their heads over why they aren’t eligible in their states. Many would not take kindly to a JnJ shot in April.
And, again, we need vaccine uptake. Angering people in an otherwise willing-to-vaccinate group lowers uptake. We can’t afford that.
That is why we have bought enough Moderna and Pfizer vaccine for 91% of us.
Like I said it’s everyone’s right to want to wait, but you can’t have your cake and eat it too. If people are eligible to receive JnJ and choose to wait that’s fine, but they shouldn’t then complain doses aren’t available for them. We can’t afford to have employers demanding certain brands. That will just bog down the process.