Ohio could receive close to 400,000 vaccines this week

Coronavirus in Ohio

FILE – This Dec. 2, 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration’s scientists confirmed that overall, it’s about 66% effective and also said J&J’s shot, one that could help speed vaccinations by requiring just one dose instead of two, is safe to use. (Johnson & Johnson via AP)

COLUMBUS, OH (AP) — The approval of a third coronavirus vaccine means Ohio could receive as many as 400,000 total doses this week.

The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Last week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the state could receive up to 90,000 doses this week once that approval came.

That’s on top of 310,000 doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines the state was already scheduled to receive.

The federal government has told Ohio that supplies of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will dip after this week, though the exact number isn’t known.

“So this is going to be a ramp-up very quickly and then down,” DeWine said on Thursday. He planned a Monday afternoon news conference to talk about the latest coronavirus developments.

More than 1.6 million people in Ohio, or 14% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine as of Monday, according to the state Health Department.

The 7-day rolling average of daily new cases in Ohio did not increase over the past two weeks, going from 2,733 new cases per day on Feb. 14 to 1,951 new cases per day on Feb. 28, according to an Associated Press analysis of date provided by The COVID Tracking Project.

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