RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond and Henrico Health District is expecting to vaccinate between 2,000 to 3,000 pre-registered people at today’s mass vaccination event.

People who attend will receive the first doses of the one-dose Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in Central Virginia.

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Gov. Ralph Northam speaking at the first Johnson and Johnson vaccination event in Central Virginia on March 8, 2021. (Photo: 8News reporter Sabrina Shutters)

Last week in a Zoom call, the health district said they expected to receive a 5,000 supply of the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine over the weekend.

Amy Popovich, RHHD Nurse Manager, said the health district is unsure of how many J&J vaccines it will receive in the future. The health district has already been told that following the first J&J shipment their will be a dip in supply.

Health district officials told 8News they will be using the remaining doses of Monday’s event at other scheduled mass vaccination sites.

With some people waiting to get vaccinated and wanting to choose which brand they’ll be getting, Popovich said people should take what is available at the first opportunity.

“All three vaccinations that are available and that have been approved by the FDA and their emergency use authorization are very effective. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are very effective against COVID complications for hospitalization and death,” said Popovich.

The CDC announced Monday that those who are fully vaccinated don’t need to wear a mask and can gather with others after a certain period of time.

Popovich said that means if you’ve had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you don’t have to wear a mask four weeks after you got the shot. If you had the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you need to wait just two weeks.

Lisa Rexrode and her mom Paula Thomas are two of the 2,000 to 3,000 people that got vaccinated Monday.

“I feel blessed to finally be getting one,” Rexrode told 8News.

Thomas said she’s glad the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is one-dose.

“We’re excited about that because you have to make sure to get back for that second dose, a friend of mine knows people that didn’t get the second dose because of whatever, logistics, so we’re done,” Thomas said.

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Mass vaccination event in Richmond, Virginia on March 8, 2021. (Photo: 8News Reporter Sabrina Shutters)

The number of vaccine doses Richmond and Henrico health districts are getting a week has increased by 40%. The health districts were getting 6,000 doses a week in February and are now getting over 10,000 a week.

Governor Ralph Northam toured the vaccination event Monday.

“We’re going to I think really get to the end of this. We hope to have folks in Virginia vaccinated at least by the end of May,” Gov. Northam said.

On Wednesday, RHHD will hold another mass vaccination event with Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.