Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines no longer available in US

UNITED STATES (WDEF) — Americans can no longer get the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The remaining, unused doses of the vaccine expired last week. The CDC directed healthcare providers to dispose of any left over.

CDC data shows that around 19 million people received this vaccine in the U.S.

However, roughly 12.5 million doses were not used, according to the CDC.

In 2022, the CDC limited this vaccine to emergency use authorization. This means it was only available to adults who would not get the other vaccines due to health risk.

Other vaccines were not appropriate to these adults due to risk of a dangerous clotting condition called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome.

Data shows that only around 7% of vaccinated individuals in the U.S. got the J&J vaccine.

The J&J vaccine is not an mRNA vaccine, unlike Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. These two were the majority of shots administered to the U.S.

These vaccines, however, are free now that the Public Health Emergency is over.

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