PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island and Massachusetts are both slated to receive shipments of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine next week, and a batch of doses failing a recent quality check shouldn’t affect that plan.
Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday Massachusetts will be receiving 100,000 doses of the one-shot vaccine, while Gov. Dan McKee said Rhode Island is expecting 16,000.
“For many of us this is a big sign and a big statement,” Baker said. “The difference between two doses and one dose is not just convenience, but also capacity.”
Health officials in both states tell 12 News the situation regarding the batch of unusable doses should not delay these shipments, however, they’re working with the government to avoid any potential disruptions.