Virus Outbreak Johnson And Johnson Vaccine

FILE - This Dec. 2, 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration’s scientists confirmed that overall, it's about 66% effective and also said J&J's shot, one that could help speed vaccinations by requiring just one dose instead of two, is safe to use. (Johnson & Johnson via AP)

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Interest in the one-and-done Johnson & Johnson covid-19 vaccine has dropped around the state, leading to a surplus of the vaccine -- and those extra doses are nearing their expiration dates.

Officials say requests for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine waned after the federal government announced a brief pause for its distribution in April to allow for a safety review after six cases of blood clots were reported around the nation. Will Humble, executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association, told the Arizona Republic the pause in the Janssen manufactured vaccine “really slowed down demand for it.”

Melissa Palmer, assistant Mohave County health director, said the county has 700 vaccine doses in its possession, and over 600 of them are Johnson & Johnson.

She says some of those doses will expire in the next 30 days.

“We are currently working with local providers to distribute the Janssen vaccine out prior to the expiration date,” she said.

It’s a new hurdle for the county, which has struggled to improve its vaccination rate in recent months. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, Mohave County is ranked 10th of Arizona’s 15 counties for its vaccine administration rate. About 35 percent of people -- roughly 77,000 people -- in Mohave County have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Nearly 62,000 Mohave County residents are fully vaccinated.

If any of their vaccines expires, Palmer says that Mohave County “will follow the procedures set forth by the Arizona Department of Health Services Immunization Program Office for proper documentation and disposal of vaccine.”

According to ADHS the proper way to dispose of vaccines is to fill out a waste/expired form and place the unused doses into a Sharps box container.

On Friday, Mohave County announced that 23 confirmed cases of covid had been reported since Wednesday at noon. Of the 23 new cases five of them were from the Lake Havasu City Area. Lake Havasu City has had 6,097 positive coronavirus cases and 151 coronavirus-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Mohave County Department of Health.


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Send the j&j vaccinations to the border and inoculate every illegal alien.

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