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The #1 Reason Why Dr. Fauci Would Take J&J Vaccine

Dr. Fauci says, “I would definitely take the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.”
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
Doctor Anthony Fauci

A new coronavirus vaccine is here, and with it new hope that the pandemic may soon come to an end—but what is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and why does it require just one dose, and is it as effective as the ones from Moderna and Pfizer? Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, just released a new video explaining all the ins and outs. Read on for the highlights—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


Would Dr. Fauci Take the Vaccine Himself?

The medical syringe with Johnson and Johnson company logo displayed on a screen.

"I would definitely take the Johnson and Johnson vaccine," says Fauci. "This is a vaccine that works and it only requires one dose." "I can tell you, I have been fully vaccinated with one that was available," he said on CNN's State of the Union. "It was the Moderna. If I were not vaccinated now, and I had a choice of getting a J & J vaccine now or waiting for another vaccine, I would take whatever vaccine would be available to me as quickly as possible for the simple reason of…we want to get as many people vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as possible. So this is good news because we have another very good vaccine in the mix." 


How Does It Work In Just One Dose?

Doctor holding syringe in hospital.

"The Johnson and Johnson vaccine uses a particular what we call a vaccine platform and you inject it into the body. The body sees that protein makes a good immune response against the entire virus."


Does the COVID Vaccine Give You COVID?

Sick woman with flu at home

"The COVID vaccine doesn't give you COVID because it's not the virus. It's just one protein from the virus that induces your body to make a good response against the whole virus."


I've Heard the Vaccine Isn't as Effective as Others

Doctor studying virus bacteria in the lab

It's true that the vaccine was 72% effective in preventing moderate to severe cases in the United States, lower than the 95% efficacy rate for Pfizer and Moderna. But Fauci says: "Tested in the United States, it's 72% effective in preventing you from getting moderate to severe disease, but virtually a hundred percent protective against hospitalizations and death as proven by this trial that was done."

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How to Avoid Getting COVID-19

Woman wearing two protective face masks at the same time.

So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.