Tufts Medical Center begins administering Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

BOSTON (WHDH) - Tufts Medical Center in Boston began administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Thursday.

Mary Chin, CEO of the Asian American Civic Association, was the first patient to receive the shot at the hospital.

“Well I feel a little achy but it’s not scary, it’s new, so it’s a little bit of an ache but I expected something. With something this important to my body, it’s going to be different,” she said moments after getting vaccinated. “The vaccine is a miracle but it’s just the beginning of the healing.”

Tufts Medical Center obtained a shipment containing 2,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Tuesday, giving Massachusetts a third vaccination option in its push to get more shots in arms.

The single-dose vaccine was approved for emergency use over the weekend.

Helen Boucher, chief of infectious diseases at Tufts Medical Center, urged vaccinated residents to continue to keep their guard up to protect themselves and others.

“I encourage people as good citizens and good Americans to continue to wear their masks,” Boucher said.

Massachusetts has also been giving out the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

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