LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Nearly 60,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine allocation in Arkansas is approaching its expiration date. and must be discarded if not used by the end of June. According to state health officials
The amount Johnson & Johnson has given so far includes 11,150 doses May 1 through Friday, averaging less than 400 daily, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“What we do is move them around” to multiple vaccination sites. “In order to use the previously expired dose,” state epidemiologist Jennifer Dillaha told the Democratic Party in Arkansas.
“All states are in a similar situation where they don̵7;t prescribe drugs,” Dillaha said.
last month Health officials in many Arkansas counties have slowed or stopped orders for doses and demand for vaccines has plummeted.
The Department of Health reported that a total of over 2.6 million doses of vaccines have been received and more than 1.9 million doses have been received, including nearly 898,000 patients who have been fully vaccinated.
A total of 341,130 coronavirus cases have been reported in Arkansas since the outbreak began. The department reported on Friday and had 2016 active cases.