State Pushes J&J COVID Vaccine, Before 200-Thousand Expire

Jun 7, 2021

Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Credit OSU Wexner Medical Center

There are 200,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Ohio that will expire later this month. As Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports, Gov. Mike DeWine has issued an urgent communication to vaccine providers to ask them to distribute as many doses as possible as quickly as possible.

If you have been wanting the one-dose J&J vaccine, DeWine says you should act now. The Ohio Department of Health has told all vaccine providers to follow a first-in, first-out process to ensure doses with the soonest expiration dates will be used first. Right now, there are 200,000 doses that will expire on June 23rd.

DeWine has asked providers to distribute those doses quickly to prevent them from going to waste. He says if you get it today, you could be protected from the virus in two weeks. At this time, Ohio does not have legal options for sending the vaccines to other states or other countries.