Richmond-Henrico Health District to receive 5,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines this week; State expecting 69k doses

69,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine expected in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Richmond-Henrico Health District announced it’s expecting a shipment of 5,000 Johnson and Johnson vaccine doses by the end of this week.

The first shipment arrives Wednesday and the second shipment is scheduled to arrive Thursday.

The shipment will be used for a mass vaccination event next week for pre-registered vaccine-eligible individuals. The health district says there is no word yet on how many they will receive in the future.

Previously, the Virginia Department of Health announced the commonwealth will receive 69,000 doses of the vaccine.

Like the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as safe and effective.

VDH said it hopes to get on a Friday ordering schedule for the following week with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine like the state does with Pfizer and Moderna.

Those who wish to wait for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine instead will remain in the same place on the pre-registration list and will be offered an appointment in the future when another vaccine is available to them at a clinic.

The health district says they can not guarantee a particular timeframe for when they would have the opportunity to receive Pfizer or Moderna.

The Johnson and Johnson vaccines will all be prioritized for mass vaccination clinics across the state, with an additional allotment expected for pharmacies vaccinating high-priority groups, such as those 65 and older.

Johnson & Johnson expects to deliver 20 million doses to the U.S. by the end of March, and 100 million by summer.

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