DeWine urges vaccine providers, Ohioans to ‘take action’ with 200K J&J doses set to expire

With approximately 200,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the state set to expire on June 23, Governor Mike DeWine issued a plea to vaccine providers and Ohioans to take action.

DeWine asked providers to distribute as many doses as quickly as possible, saying “the time to act is now” for Ohioans who have not been vaccinated.

“For Ohioans who have been waiting to get their vaccine, I urge you to take action now. There are many opportunities throughout the state to get a vaccine,” Governor DeWine said. “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is one of those options. It is safe and effective and only requires one shot. In just two weeks, you could be protected from this virus. Getting vaccinated is the quickest way out of the pandemic and the fastest way for us to return to the lives we remember.”

According to DeWine’s office, Ohio does not have legal options for sending these vaccines to other states or countries at this time.

ODH has directed all providers to follow a first-in, first-out process for vaccine to ensure doses with the soonest expiration dates are being used first, according to a release.

More than 5.3 million Ohioans have already started the COVID-19 vaccination process, and more than 4.7 million are fully vaccinated, ODH reported.