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With Johnson & Johnson shot back to life, UNCW to expand vaccine access

In the Cape Fear region, the vaccine provider hit hardest by the temporary pause of the Johnson & Johnson was likely UNCW, which like many college campuses, had relied on the one-shot product to supply its vaccination clinics. 

In the first week of April, UNCW received 1,800 doses of the J&J vaccine. The next week: 500. Last week, with the one-dose shot out of commission — as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration reviewed instances of rare blood clots possibly related to the vaccine — UNCW took in only 100 doses of the Moderna vaccine, a two-dose shot. 

Now that the Johnson & Johnson shot is back online, UNCW plans to reopen its vaccination clinic on Tuesday, April 27. 

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“In addition to UNCW students, faculty, staff, retirees and UNCW community family members, we are pleased to extend the invitation to anyone in the local community who is 18 and older,” according to a press release from the university. 

[Anyone 18 years or older can register for a vaccine at UNCW at this link]

According to the university, there are “more than 1,000 doses on hand this week,” designated for appointments at the UNCW Burney Center. These doses were received in previous weeks, and held during the time that the university paused operations at its clinic during the J&J review.

“We won’t know till later in the week if we will receive vaccines next week and how many,” a university spokesperson wrote in an email. 

Anyone 18 years of age or older can register for a vaccine at UNCW: here. 

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