California expects to receive about 90 percent fewer Johnson & Johnson vaccines next week, a significant reduction in the total number of drugs leading to fewer first appointments, although the state expands eligibility to residents. Over the age of 16 on April 15.
State health officials expect total allocations of the COVID-19 vaccine to drop 367,000 doses next week to about 2 million doses, down from 2.4 million doses received this week, said California Department of Health spokesman Darrel Ung. Last wednesday night Volume is expected to drop again to about 1.9 million in the next week.
Ng said the total reduction consisted of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, which will drop 88 percent from 575,000 doses this week to about 68,000 the next week.Ng declined to comment on the matter, in addition to confirming the allocation number.
In Santa Clara County, a Blue Shield representative told health officials late Wednesday that allocations would be reduced next week, said the county executive Jeff Smith. But still not confirmed how much Although the state expects a modest increase in both Pfizer and Moderna volumes next week. But counties will have to schedule a second appointment, meaning those who have not received the drug may be out of luck for weeks.
“With a lower J&J volume, the new first volume is significantly slower,”; Smith said.
Officials in Contra Costa County, which opened the vaccine service to anyone aged 16 and older in late March, expected a significant reduction in vaccine allocations, chief executive John Gioia, who is on the board of directors of the California State Association of Counties. Said the interruption would “It has disappointed many who expect to be vaccinated soon.”
“We worry that this drop in supply will slow our ability to overcome the more infectious new strains of COVID-19,” he said.
San Mateo County Health also expects a significant drop in vaccine volumes from the state, Louis Rogers, chief of the department said in a statement, although supply increases are expected by the end of April San Mateo County will receive 11,450 doses. This figure was down from 17,420 the previous week, although these numbers do not include the quantities Blue Shield provided directly to pharmacies of Stanford Health, Gellert Health and Safeway.
“With this allocation, we were able to manage a second drug clinic this week and have adjusted a reversal plan for the first drug clinic,” she said.
County officials said the state did not explain why J&J equipment dropped so quickly, Ng sent all additional questions to the federal government.Other states, including Florida and New Jersey, reported the same drop in supply on Wednesday.
In California, however, the steep halt came just days before the state planned to launch the rights to anyone over 16 on April 15, and a day after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced plans for the opening. Again greatly The plan will end the current floor opening system for the county on June 15 and allow all businesses across the state to resume operations at full capacity, indoors and out.
Announcing the plans on Tuesday, Newsom said he did not expect the state’s vaccine allocations to rise significantly until May. But it does not imply the likelihood of a drop in supply. He acknowledged that getting the vaccine for all Californians in the Eligibility category “will take a week or more than a month.”
Leonardo Castañeda, contributing writer, in this report.