J&J's coronavirus shots are back in the US


Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I’m Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, and today in healthcare news:

  • The US is resuming its rollout of J&J’s vaccine;
  • A man getting Moderna’s booster shot shares what it’s like to get a third dose;
  • When you do and don’t have to wear a mask outside.

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Nurse Elizabeth Johnson administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Melissa Mendez in Reading, Pennsylvania.Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle/Getty Images
The US is resuming its rollout of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine after a pause to investigate blood clots

  • The US will resume using Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine.
  • The decision came after a CDC committee voted to recommend using the shots.
  • The US paused its rollout on April 13, citing concerns over rare blood clots. 

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Ian Haydon was one of the first people to try out Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, as part of the company’s phase 1 trial, with first and second doses administered in April and May of 2020.Ian Haydon

A man who got his first COVID-19 vaccine a year ago in Moderna’s clinical trial just received his third shot — and he’s feeling great

  • Ian Haydon got his first Moderna shot in a clinical trial more than a year ago.
  • He’s now participating in a trial to determine whether a booster shot would be safe to take.
  • Haydon has posted about his experience on social media and said he’s been amazed at the responses.

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People wearing masks outdoors in New YorkNoam Galai/Getty Images

You don’t always have to wear a mask outside. Experts share ‘really simple’ ways to know when you need one and when you don’t.

  • You don’t need to wear a mask whenever you step outside.
  • If you’re exercising alone it’s perfectly fine to go maskless.
  • Just bring your mask along and be prepared to pull it up if you meet others while you’re out and about.

Here’s what you need to know>>

More stories we’re reading:

  • The US will help India produce more coronavirus vaccines, releasing raw materials and expanding factories in broad push to blunt its COVID-19 crisis (Insider)
  • Houston Methodist said it will fire workers who refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine (Houston Chronicle)
  • One dose of the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine provides protection against COVID-19 that lasts at least 10 weeks, study finds (Insider)
  • Women are selling breast milk online after getting COVID-19 vaccines with the hope of passing along antibodies to newborns (US News)
  • India’s harrowing coronavirus surge is a ‘global problem’: New variants and slow vaccine rollouts are a threat to countries everywhere (Insider)
  • Costco wants to help companies save money on their employees prescriptions (Bloomberg)
  • Accolade is buying virtual care company PlushCare (Stat News)

– Lydia

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