Local health departments managing Johnson and Johnson vaccine supplies

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:49 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The Centers for Disease Control says only 11 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine have been administered-out of more than 21 million doses that have been delivered nationwide.

Health officials say the majority of those who wanted the one-dose vaccine already have received it, while the rest are either hesitant or unwilling to get it.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department says it has ordered doses from its Charleston hub based on demand for the vaccine, and does not have a large unused inventory.

”Usually, we get it a week before our events,” says Threat Preparedness Coordinator Carrie Brainard. “We try not to have a large amount so we don’t have to waste it. There has been some that’s been wasted because people haven’t shown up for their appointments, or there isn’t a need for it, and we’ve had to waste some of it, but not in large amounts.”

In Washington County, agencies tell us they are using all of the J&J doses they have received.

The Washington County Health Department, however, says it is expanding its walk-in health clinics.

The health department is offering vaccines at its Marietta office on Muskingum Drive weekdays from 9 A.M.-noon, and Wednesdays from noon-5 P.M.

Governor Mike DeWine said Monday the state of Ohio has 200,000 J&J doses that will expire in two weeks.

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