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More than 60,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines to expire by the end of June in Arkansas

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Pine Bluff, Arkansas – More than 60,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines will expire by the end of June in Arkansas and will have to be thrown unused.

Nearly 12,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been administrated in Arkansas so far according to unofficial numbers.

“What we have done is move them around,” to various vaccination sites, “so that the earlier expiring doses get used,” state epidemiologist Jennifer Dillaha told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

“States everywhere are in a similar situation where they’re not ordering doses,” Dillaha said.

The demand for the vaccines has dropped in almost every Arkansas county. Therefore, counties lowered their orders, while some stopped them completely.

The health department reported more than 2.6 million total doses of vaccines have been received and more than 1.9 million doses administered, including nearly 898,000 people who are fully immunized.

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