Detroit mayor: Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine will be key part of our expansion

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan receives a shot of COVID-19 vaccine.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan told City Council on Friday that he expects to the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine to be “a key part of our expansion of vaccine centers” when the city receives it in the next shipment.

Duggan said a second site will open to offer the J&J vaccine.

Here’s the mayor’s statement Friday, March 5:

“Every single eligible Detroiter can call today, make an appointment, and will receive a Moderna/Pfizer vaccine next week at the TCF center.

As vaccine eligibility expands, Detroit will open a second site offering Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

I have full confidence that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is both safe and effective. We are making plans now for Johnson & Johnson to be a key part of our expansion of vaccine centers and are looking forward to receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the next allocation.”

His statement Friday comes after Detroit turned down 6,200 doses of the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, with Duggan favoring shots from Pfizer and Moderna for now.

“Johnson & Johnson is a very good vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer are the best,” he said Thursday. “And I am going to do everything I can to make sure that residents of the city of Detroit get the best.”

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Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.