Johnson & Johnson vaccine deliveries for IL, Chicago to plunge

Illinois received 148,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week. Next week, just 18,000 are set to be delivered.

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ERIC HORNG: For weeks officials have been saying we're in a race between the vaccine and the variants. But now vaccination efforts have been dealt a setback.

- The month of April was when immunizations were supposed to hit their stride, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was to be the workhorse. Supporting several newly announced mass vaccination sites in Chicago and the suburbs, but now, a supply crunch. Chicago is set to receive just 4,800 doses next week. A sharp drop from the nearly 40,000 delivered this week, and the state also taking a hit. Just 18,000 doses next week compared to this week's 148,000.

LORI LIGHTFOOT: We thought in April, we'd see a significant increase in the amount of weekly doses they were getting, but unfortunately we're not seeing them.

- Tonight Governor Pritzker's office confirming a recently reported mix-up at a Baltimore plant is behind the steep decline nationwide, despite federal assurances that J&J will still meet April and May projections. The word comes less than a week before Illinois fully expands vaccine eligibility, and less than two weeks before Chicago's expansion day which was just moved up to be aligned with the White House.

LORI LIGHTFOOT: We want to get as many people vaccinated as possible, but that's really going to-- again to be dependent upon supply.

- The timing critical with the virus surging in Suburban Cook County where infections in recent weeks are up six-fold in some suburbs new restrictions could be coming.

RACHAEL RUBIN: We are considering tightening up the required medications again if the trend continues. But we're not taking such actions now, not yet.

ERIC HORNG: Cook County health officials say they've been in communication with her counterparts in Chicago, and they say any pullback would likely be coordinated with the city.