Pa. will receive less than a third of the Johnson & Johnson doses it had been expecting

Written by on March 26, 2021

Pa. will receive less than a third of the Johnson & Johnson doses it had been expecting

By Julia Agos / WITF

March 26, 2021

FILE – A member of the Mississippi National Guard receives a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in his arm, by a fellow guard member, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, in Flowood, Miss. As many Black residents in Mississippi remain doubtful about the benefits of taking a COVID-19 vaccine when available, more Black doctors are pushing for them to reconsider by getting immunized themselves. A group of five Black doctors received their first injection of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine during an event in Jackson Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2021. AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

The Pennsylvania Department of Health expects to get less than one-third of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine allotment it had been expecting next week, just as the state sees a rise in new daily infections and hospitalizations.

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The state had been expecting to receive some 200,000 doses of the one-shot vaccine from the federal government. But now, it has learned it will only get about 66,000 doses.

The Wolf Administration had been planning to use the shipment to vaccinate police officers, grocery store workers and employees at some food processing plants.These groups will instead be sent to retail pharmacies that are partnering with the federal government.

Pennsylvania’s vaccine rollout has been accelerating and is now ranked 17th in the country for percentage of population to have recieved at least one dose. 

The state is also seeing increasing daily infections which have risen more than 10% in the past two weeks.


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