More Than 100,000 Doses Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Coming To Massachusetts Next Week

WBZ-TV's Bill Shields reports.

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LISA HUGHES: Two major coronavirus vaccine developments tonight. First, Pfizer announcing that in early testing, its vaccine is 100% effective in kids 12 to 15 years old. And Massachusetts is about to get a big boost in its supply, more than 100,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine coming next week.

Even Governor Baker calls that Johnson & Johnson shipment a big deal. Thanks for joining us tonight. I'm Lisa Hughes.

DAVID WADE: And I'm David Wade. These single-shot vaccine doses will significantly increase the number of fully-vaccinated people in our state next week. As of now, more than 1.3 million people in the state are fully vaccinated using up 84% of the state's vaccine supply.

WBZ's Bill Shields is live for us in Boston tonight. And, Bill, this is some really promising news.

BILL SHIELDS: Oh yeah. And, David, I tell you what. These are the back doors to the Hynes right here. All day long, a steady stream of people coming out. This is where they come out after they get their vaccinations, and they're ramping up right now. Next week with another 100,000, although spread out across the state, this place will really get busy.

If vaccines are the key to killing off the pandemic, then Massachusetts just got a big boost. Johnson & Johnson is sending 100,000 doses to us next week. And no one is happier than the governor.

CHARLIE BAKER: It basically doubles the amount of capacity that's available.

BILL SHIELDS: And Pfizer is sending us 95,000 first doses next week, Moderna, 72,000. But the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a one-dose regimen, which is a big advantage.

SHIRA DORON: Getting people to that fully vaccinated state faster, because you don't have to do a second dose is fantastic.

BILL SHIELDS: Health officials say the more needles in arms is the key.

RICHARD ELLISON: We really want to immunize the entire population. And if they can begin to see this increase in number of doses, it's going to really help the state overall.

BILL SHIELDS: The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be distributed across the state. But outside the Hynes Convention Center, which is a mass vaccination site, most people simply wanted whatever shot they could get.

- I'd rather get the 97% one, which would be Pfizer or Moderna.

- The good thing is we're going to be able to be all together with a family.

BILL SHIELDS: Back live now. And considering the way things are going more vaccines here at the Hynes, the better. They plan on, even before the Johnson & Johnson next week, ramping up the 7,000 doses a day here. Considering that our positive case numbers are rising, it's needed. Reporting live from Boston. I'm Bill Shields, WBZ News.