Local providers say that they plan to proceed with their Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinics amid reports that the supply of that particular vaccine could be reduced this week, KDKA's Chris Hoffman has the story.
BRYANT REED: As shots continue to go into arms across the country, a setback will impact this week. Only a fraction of the expected Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be distributed. Chris Hoffman took a look at the potential impacts to local mass vaccination clinics going on this week.
CHRIS HOFFMAN: AHN is coming off a weekend where it put 13,000 J&J shots in arms.
DAVID HOLMBERG: This is all about getting as many people as fast as we can so that, you know, we can all get back to our lives. And they have more plans for the single dose shot, but there is concern across the country. CNN reports the distribution of the J&J vaccine could drop by 84% due to issues with an independent manufacturing plant. Highmark CEO, David Holmberg, says the healthcare giant should be OK.
DAVID HOLMBERG: We do have commitments from the county and from the state, you know, that we will have the J&J vaccine available. This is truly about getting shots in arms and protecting people, keeping them out of the hospital.
CHRIS HOFFMAN: And then there's UPMC, which is supposed to have a mass vaccination clinic this week at the Pittsburgh Mills, where they're supposed to have about 12,000 doses of the J&J vaccine. It says its scheduled clinics are ongoing, but the distribution concerns come at a time where the virus is making another surge in the region.
- We're in the fourth wave now of this virus. You know, we've seen our hospitalizations double in the last week.
CHRIS HOFFMAN: And according to UPMC, spots are still available for their mass vaccination clinic at Pittsburgh Mills. You can find out how to register on our website and app. In Fraser Township, Chris Hoffman, KDKA News.