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Joint Statement on Western States Recommendation of Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines Over Johnson & Johnson

Date: December 17, 2021
Number: NR21-362

SACRAMENTO – Today, California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, and Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, issued a joint statement on the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup's recommendation on the preferred use of Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

"We have an ample supply of the Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines so that every person in the state who needs one can get one.

"The way we get through this pandemic, and the faster spreading Omicron variant, is by ensuring all eligible Californians get vaccinated and boosted. Especially as we see an uptick in cases and hospitalizations statewide, we can't stress enough the importance of scheduling your appointment today if you need a first or second dose or booster."

With the colder months upon us, now is not the time to let our guard down. Californians should continue to practice the safety basics – including wearing a mask, getting tested if you're exposed to the virus or have symptoms, and staying home when sick.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone ages 5 and up. To make a vaccine appointment, visit or call 833-422-4255.

For the latest information on COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, visit the California Department of Public Health website. 

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