Q&A: Infectious disease specialist has high hopes in J&J vaccine

WATCH: Dr. Manoj Jain gives update on COVID-19 vaccinations - clipped version

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The City of Memphis partnered with Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Manoj Jain for an update on COVID-19 vaccinations.

Jain first shared that extending the time period between vaccine doses to six weeks was safe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This comes after Shelby Countians expressed their concerns with being able to book second-dose appointments.

“Just to give perspective to folks, different vaccines have different time intervals and we’re just learning about the COVID vaccines and the time intervals in between,” said Jain. “For the clinical that Pfizer and Moderna have done, they waited the three weeks and four weeks as well.”

But aside from Moderna and Pfizer, Jain says these days he has high hopes in the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“I am very optimistic, and two other reasons I am optimistic for the Johnson & Johnson -- One, it’s very easy to store so that’s going to make it widely available and the other is that it’s a one-shot from the trails that we know have been done,” said Jain.

He says an emergency use authorization has been filed hoping to hear news about the use of the vaccine within a month.

Watch the remainder of the live Q&A in the attached video.

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