Because the new J&J vaccine didn’t arrive in the county until March, so far it only makes up about three percent of those administered. But the single-dose vaccine has been important in getting shots to unsheltered and homebound folks. Now, a few hundreds of doses intended for those hard-to-reach individuals are on hold until there’s more guidance from the state.
"In the homeless population giving the j&j was perfect because it's a one and done. So there's no no question as to whether someone would be able to come back to or make an appointment for getting a second dose," Cheryl Fox, President of Fox home Health, said.
Fox Home Health is a Santa Rosa-based private healthcare provider and is helping administer vaccines. Fox says she hopes the county will be able to resume J&J doses in the next couple of days to make vaccinating *everyone* easier. State health officials say the pause will not change the opening up of eligibility to all adults Thursday.