Detroit mayor turns down Johnson & Johnson vaccine

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 29: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan speaks at CityLab Detroit, a global city summit, on October 29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. The summit aims to fuel innovation and improve the quality of urban life for all residents. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:40 PM PT – Friday, March 5, 2021

Detroit’s Democrat mayor said his city did not need a shipment of the recently approved Jonshon & Johnson vaccine. Mayor Mike Duggan (D) made the announcement Thursday and said the city turned down 6,200 doses of the new vaccine this week.

He said the city had already received 29,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna shots, which he noted is enough to vaccinate every eligible resident. Duggan clarified if every current vaccine is used and people still need shots, he’d be willing to set up a Johnson & Johnson center.

Registered nurse Florisa N. Lingad holds a Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center established at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, on March 5, 2021. - The Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel will provide the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot to airport employees and other public transit workers with agencies such as the CTA, Metra and PACE, as well as taxi and ride share drivers. Approximately 500 individuals will be vaccinated each day starting this month. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI / AFP) (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

“Johnson & Johnson is a very good vaccine,” Mayor Duggan stated. “Moderna and Pfizer are the best and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure residents of the city of Detroit get the best.”

A spokesman for the mayor also confirmed the city already had enough vaccines to cover the week’s scheduled appointments. Duggan clarified his comments on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by stating once the demand is warranted, the city of Detroit will have a distribution plan for it ready.

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