More than 2,800 doses of J&J vaccine set to expire in Craighead County

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – Arkansas has nearly 60,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine that will expire by the end of the month. Craighead County has 2,835 doses about to expire, compared to 255 doses of Pfizer.

Dr Shane Speights of the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine says vaccine reluctance plays a role in oversupply. After the break, not only are people tired of the J&J vaccine, but all the COVID-19 vaccines.

Speights says about 31% of the state’s population is vaccinated, which is low. Arkansas is ahead of Alabama and Mississippi.

“There are several layers to why we see this type of reluctance. For the vast majority of people, this is simply a misunderstanding of how the vaccine works. What he does, what he doesn’t do, ”Speights said.

Speights advises people to sit down with their doctors and have a conversation if they are on the fence about the vaccine and adds that they still give doses of J&J at their clinic every day.

Arkansas Department of Health Public Information Officer Danyelle McNeill said they are not reallocating doses out of state because most states have their own supply.

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