Northwell Health became one of the first health systems in the nation to administer the single-shot Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine Wednesday.
- And another glimmer of hope-- the arrival of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in our area. The first dose going to a woman in Suffolk County.
- Eye Witness News Reporter Stacey Sager live in the Hamlet of Bay Shore with our story. Stace?
STACEY SAGER: Well, Bill, we got our first glimpse today, and it is a potential game-changer. A 67-year-old patient being discharged from this hospital. She's the first person in our area to receive the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Less than a year ago, this hospital was filled with COVID patients. But this afternoon, it was filled with hope.
And then there were three. Three vaccines now officially in use in the fight against COVID. And here at South Shore University Hospital in Bayshore this afternoon, the very first person within the Northwell Health system receiving her Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine.
JAY ENDEN: There's no need to book a second appointment. There's no need to worry about supply chain.
STACEY SAGER: It is a single dose, the more traditional type, unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines which use messenger RNA and two doses. For 67-year-old Susan Maxwell-Trumble of Babylon, being the vaccine trailblazer today seemed far less painful than the hip replacement surgery she just had.
SUSAN MAXWELL-TRUMBLE: I just wanted to get it instead of waiting, and how do I get it, and who do I see, where do I get it?
STACEY SAGER: Her inoculation among the first of New York's 164,000 J & J doses sent in the first round. The state is ramping up its sights locally here at the Javits Center in Manhattan and at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, where the new vaccines will be given in the overnight hours later this week. And today, New York City's mayor explaining that he'll be using the J&J vaccine for New Yorkers who can't get out and get one.
BILL DE BLASIO: Obviously, if you're a home-bound senior, if you can get it done in one shot, that makes a lot more sense if you do not have the option of going out and getting your second shot.
STACEY SAGER: But at South Shore University Hospital today, a bittersweet moment to mark progress one year after so much pain.
DONNA MORAVICK: So to be the first hospital to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a really big deal.
STACEY SAGER: A big deal indeed. You know, just last April this hospital was at 120% capacity. As for Mrs. Trumbull, she's very relieved. She also has a preexisting condition. She says this enables her to feel a bit more free. And as for the shot in the arm today, she called it a breeze.