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Tufts Medical Center celebrates arrival of single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine; other hospitals get shots

A health care worker held vials containing doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the coronavirus. The one-shot vaccine arrived at Tufts Medical Center in Boston on Tuesday.PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP/Getty Images

Tufts Medical Center on Tuesday celebrated the arrival of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the downtown Boston hospital, the third COVID-19 vaccine now available in the United States.

The hospital, which was one of the first in Greater Boston to get shipments of the two-shot COVID vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, posted a photo on Twitter Tuesday showing boxes of the new vaccine, known by the trade name of Janssen. The hospital received 2,000 doses.

Hospital spokesman Jeremy Lechan wrote in an e-mail that the hospital will use the new vaccine on Thursday with patients who have already set up appointments for the lifesaving doses.


“We are now planning to start administering the J&J vaccine on Thursday at our COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel at 279 Tremont St.,” Lechan wrote in an e-mail Tuesday.

Other hospitals in the area are also getting the vaccine.

Rich Copp, vice president of communictions for Mass General Brigham health care organization, wrote in an e-mail that the system expects Johnson & Johnson vaccines sometime this week. Mass General Brigham is currently conducting vaccine operations at nine sites including two in Boston, Chelsea, Lynn, Somerville, and Revere.

“We remain committed to deliver every vaccine that we are allocated, and we expect that we will receive Johnson & Johnson doses to administer later this week,’' Copp wrote. “The compositions of our vaccine allocations will likely shift as supplies shift, and we are fully prepared to meet our obligations to our patients and the state.”

Boston Medical Center will begin administering the 2,000 doses of J&J vaccine it received to patients “later this week,” spokesman David Kibbe said.

Lowell General Hospital spokesman Will Courtney said the hospital will begin administering doses of the newly approved vaccine at its Lowell vaccination site on Thursday.


Courtney was unsure exactly how many doses the hospital had received, but said it was “in the thousands.”

David Cecere, a spokesman for Cambridge Health Alliance, said the alliance is projected to receive 2,400 doses. The shots are still on the way, he said, and he was unsure when they would be administered.

A spokesman for Steward hospitals said they are still awaiting their weekly allotment of vaccines, and are unsure if it will include doses of the Johnson & Johnson manufactured shot. If and when Steward receives the vaccine, it will be incorporated into pre-existing vaccination efforts.

CVS Pharmacies across the United States will receive 200,000 doses of the vaccine, Joe Goode senior director of corporate communications, wrote in an e-mail. The doses will be administered beginning Friday in the 17 states where CVS administers vaccines. Massachusetts is among those states.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single shot medication that can be stored in standard refrigerators unlike the other vaccines approved in the United States, which require cold storage and two shots to be effective.

An earlier version of this story said Tufts Medical Center would begin administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Wednesday, but the timing has since been changed to Thursday. This is a developing story and will be updated.

Charlie McKenna can be reached at charlie.mckenna@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @charliemckenna9.

John R. Ellement can be reached at john.ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.