Millions of J&J vaccine doses ruined, but NY proceeding with mass vaccination appointments

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(WIVB) — A mix-up at a manufacturing plant in Baltimore ruined as many as 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, but mass vaccination sites in New York will proceed as scheduled next week.

“New Yorkers can rest assured that next week’s allocation will not be impacted and all appointments scheduled at State-run mass vaccination sites will be honored,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. That includes appointments at the University at Buffalo.

The New York Times reported that ingredients were mixed up at the plant, which is producing both the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines. Johnson & Johnson is stopping future shipments of its vaccine after the production mix-up.

The FDA is looking into the matter. Johnson & Johnson officials say they’re still aiming to deliver 100 million doses in the next few months.

“We are closely monitoring concerning reports about a production issue at a Johnson & Johnson affiliated factory in Baltimore that may have impacted millions of doses. New Yorkers can rest assured that next week’s allocation will not be impacted and all appointments scheduled at State-run mass vaccination sites will be honored. As we learn more information about potential impacts going forward, we will provide updates.” 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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