President Joe Biden got his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine two and a half months ago, a few days before Christmas.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee got his first dose in mid-January.
Gov. Kate Brown didn’t get her dose until today, but when she did, one shot was all she needed.
After emphasizing the importance of vaccines in recent decisions such as mandating the reopening of schools, Gov. Kate Brown pulled up her sleeve for a jab after over 700,000 other Oregonians had already done so. But while Biden and Inslee, and the vast majority of vaccinated Oregonians have received doses of the Pfizer or Moderna formulas, which require two shots to be completely effective, Brown is one of fewer than 1,700 in Oregon to get the new one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“There have been a number of rumors and misinformation about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine since its approval by the FDA,” Brown said in a statement accompanied by photos of the governor getting a shot.
“It was important to me to demonstrate today that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and effective. Plus, the fact that it’s only one dose makes it even more convenient for all Oregonians.”
Clinical trials found that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was 66% effective against COVID-19 worldwide and 72% effective in the U.S., though according to the company’s research “the vaccine was 85 percent effective in preventing severe disease across all regions studied.”
Brown said that part of the reason for her getting the vaccine was to answer questions her office has been getting about whether the governor had reservations about the vaccine.
“Every week my office hears the question: If these vaccines are so safe, then why hasn’t Kate Brown gotten one? I want to reassure Oregonians that they should feel confident taking any of the three vaccines available to protect themselves and their loved ones,” Brown said in the statement.
Oregon is currently offering vaccines to five groups of people, including most recently, adults age 65 and over. Previous groups have included educators and child care providers, healthcare personnel, as well as residents and staff of long-term care facilities.
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article had an erroneous figure for the number of Oregonians vaccinated. The correct number of people in Oregon who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is 709,974 according to the Oregon Health Authority. OPB regrets the error.