‘Game change ”: Triad health director says new vaccines can help expand access to underserved communities

'Game change '': Triad health director says new vaccines can help expand access to underserved communities

RANDOLPH COUNTY, NC – The Randolph County director of public health said Monday she believes thousands of doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine arriving in North Carolina may help expand access in rural communities and underserved.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that the state will receive more over 80,000 doses of the newly authorized vaccine.

“Johnson & Johnson, I think, is a game changer, ”said Susan Hayes, who heads the RCPHD.

Hayes said the county did not yet know how many doses of the single-dose vaccine they would receive.

“In the future, we really want to be able to go to these communities and deliver the vaccines to where they are, rather than coming to us afterwards,” she said.

Health officials say it is ‘unrealistic’ to think the pandemic will be over by the end of 2021

Hayes explained that the following March …

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