DORAL, FL – Johnson & Johnson vaccine will experience a shortage in Florida next week when only 37,000 doses will be received compared to the 300,000 that arrived this week, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Pfizer and Moderna, on the other hand, will have the same availability to the public or even higher. Moderna’s supply for next week will be of 217,400 initial doses, while 293,670 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be expected to arrive next week. Both vaccines will receive the same amount of second doses.
But the overall vaccine supply for the week of April 12 is still falling short in comparison with the current week as Florida will be getting a total of 548,070 doses of the J&J vaccine combined with the first doses of the other two vaccines, while this week, 817,250 were received.
The reason behind J&J’s shortage seems to be a mixup at a plant run by Emergent BioSolutions which the company trusted in to meet the federal government’s order to satisfies the public’s demand. Instead, it had to discard 15 million doses. Nevertheless, the company reassured it will be able to meet its vaccine targets in the future.
Up until now, this has been the biggest drop of vaccines supply after 10 consecutive weeks in which the public every day had more and more vaccines available. Back in January, the state was only getting roughly 265,000 initial doses per week.
With a population of 21.5 million people, Florida has received or is meant to receive a total of 13,332,040 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine together with the 696,400 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.