Mass. getting 170K first doses this week, including 8K J&J shots

BOSTON — Massachusetts will get 170,000 first doses of vaccine supply this week, including 8,000 does of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, a spokesperson for the state’s COVID Command Center said Tuesday.

The supply from Johnson & Johnson, which are single-shot vaccines, was unexpected, the spokesperson said, and just last week officials cautioned that additional shipments of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine weren’t expected until the end of March due to supply issues.

The state allocation of 170,000 first doses does not include shipments sent through the federal pharmacy program or other federal doses.

Last week, the state got about 155,000 first doses.

Nearly 900,000 people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Massachusetts, according to state data released Monday, and 2,535,295 total doses of vaccine have been administered in Massachusetts. That number is 89.4 percent of the total doses that have been shipped to the state, which currently stands at 2,836,670.

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