‘I feel like I’m half vaccinated’: Some who got Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are seeking booster shots as delta variant spreads, despite CDC guidance
Peksoz got the Johnson& Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in April and would now like a Moderna or Pfizer shot as a booster. - Brian Cassella/TNS

CHICAGO – Earlier this year, Erkin Peksoz wanted a COVID-19 vaccine so badly that he drove 640 miles roundtrip from Chicago to Quincy to get a Johnson & Johnson shot. Peksoz was happy with that decision — until recently, when the more contagious delta variant of the virus emerged. Now, he’d like to get a shot of a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, in hopes of increasing his protection. “Until delta, I was not worried at all,” said Peksoz, a consumer data consultant. “I feel like I’m half-vaccinated now.” In clinical trials before the delta variant began to spread, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was fo...