State: “Several providers have asked to switch the type of COVID-19 vaccine they offer”

Providers requesting to change COVID vaccines

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A number of providers have requested to change the type of vaccine they offer amid the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause, according to a state health leader.

Although FREE to the public, vaccine providers can benefit financially by charging insurance companies a small fee, per vaccine administered.

With the Johnson and Johnson vaccine inactivated for several days, Deputy State Health Officer, Dr. Karen Landers said they’ve gotten several applications from providers requesting to switch to offering the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

Although the J&J vaccine is now back in use in the state, Dr. Landers said the state had approved several requests.

“As long as the provider can handle the cold chain. They need to provide us information through our imprint system, that they can manage the product, and then we can change,” Dr. Landers said.

The J&J has a shelf life of several weeks and Landers said the providers who already had them in stock were administering them again.

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