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Mass vaccination site at Wolstein Center to offer Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine starting Tuesday

The mass vaccination site accepts walk-ins from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

CLEVELAND — The coronavirus (COVID-19) mass vaccination site at Cleveland's Wolstein Center will begin offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Tuesday.

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Unlike the COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna, which each require a two-dose regimen, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only consists of one shot. The Wolstein Center accepts walk-in appointments from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and reservations can also be booked via gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or by calling 833-4-ASK-ODH.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available beginning on Tuesday, May 11 and will continue to be distributed through Monday, May 17. Beginning on Tuesday, May 18, the Wolstein Center will begin administering second doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which it has been exclusively distributing since opening in March.

Last month, the FDA and CDC recommended temporarily halting the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after blood clots were found in a small percentage of people who had received the vaccine. Last week, Ohio resumed its distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, including at the mass vaccination site in Summit County.

According to Ohio's coronavirus vaccine dashboard, more than 40 percent of Ohio residents have received at least their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday. In recent weeks, Governor Mike DeWine has stressed the importance of Ohioans getting vaccinated in order for the state to return to a more normal way of life.

"Our ticket to freedom is the vaccine," Gov. DeWine said in April. "Our ticket to a good summer is the vaccine, our ticket to a good spring is the vaccine-- it's our ticket out." 

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