J&J COVID vaccine allocation to be lower in CT due to delays in production capacity

Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The state of Connecticut’s allocation of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be significantly lower next week and in the coming weeks than it has been, the state Department of Public Health (DPH) reported Tuesday.

DPH reported this shortage is due to “delays in the ramp-up of production capacity for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.”

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They said none of the products currently in the state were compromised by any factory errors reported in the last few weeks. However, they said, “the State’s overall Johnson & Johnson allocation for next week is significantly lower than in past weeks. Last week, the State’s allocation was 53,900 doses. For next week (the week of April 12), the State’s allocation will be just 6,400 doses of Johnson & Johnson. The State’s allocation for future weeks could be even lower.”

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DPH reports that most J&J orders for the upcoming week will not be able to be filled, so clinics may have to use alternative vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer), but clinics that require J&J may have to be delayed.

An official with Governor Ned Lamont’s office told News 8 the decline in doses was anticipated by the state, and they don’t expect any appointments will have to be canceled as a result of this.

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