With COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expanding to Californians 50 and older, Gov. Gavin Newsom, 53, received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Los Angeles, Thursday.
Newsom received the vaccine at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw mobile vaccination clinic, which is also where Dr. Mark Ghaly, head Of California’s Health And Human Services, received his Johnson & Johnson vaccination in March.
“Now is not the time to spike the ball. Now is not the time to announce ‘Mission Accomplished,'” Newsom said after receiving his COVID-19 vaccination. “We have enormous opportunity in the next six to eight weeks… let us not dream of regretting. We’ve come so far together and we’re this close.”
Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti, who received the Pfizer vaccine while volunteering at Dodger Stadium in January, was present for Newsom’s vaccination.
“Governor, you’ve come to the right place to get your vaccine, “Garcetti said. ” Here in Los Angeles we’ve shown that when doses arrive, we get them into arms.”
Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, Johnson & Johnson is a single dose vaccine, meaning those who take it, including the governor, do not have to receive a second dose in order to reach its maximum effectiveness.
Johnson & Johnson did have issues with its vaccine this week, however, as a batch of 15 million doses had to be thrown out for not meeting quality standards, according to AP News.
The California governor said the state’s three-week window of supply was not impacted by the Johnson & Johnson mishap and it will continue to receive its 572,000 doses next week.
The dose that Newsom took in particular was not manufactured in the U.S., instead was supplied from a Netherlands batch, distributed by the federal vaccination site in Crenshaw.
As of Wednesday, J&J has distributed 6.8 million doses of its single-shot vaccine, according to the CDC.
April 1 marked the first day of eligibility for 50-year-olds and it will expand to all Californians 16 or older, with no limitations, starting April 15. There have been 3,794,829 vaccine doses distributed in L.A. County, as of March 24, and more than 18 million across California.
Newsom said California has the capability to distribute up to 5 million vaccine doses per week, but will only be receiving 2.4 million vaccines next week.
“It’s going to take a number of months for us to exhaust that demand,” Newsom said. “Even though we’re lifting the eligibility… that doesn’t mean that April 16, everyone who wants a vaccine will have been vaccinated. It still will take a number of months to get to that point.”