Baker: More J&J vaccines are on the way

10m doses nationwide; 100,000 in Mass. next week

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said the federal government will ship 10 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to states next week, with more than 100,000 doses slated for Massachusetts.

After weeks of production delays, Johnson & Johnson may finally be starting to deliver on promises it made in its contract with the federal government. That contract said 2 million doses would be delivered by February 1, 10 million by March 1, and 25 million by April 1. Deliveries haven’t come anywhere near that level, so the 10 million coming next week represents catchup.

“We have heard many times ‘that it’s coming, that it’s coming.’ This is a big sign that things are actually starting to get here,” the governor said at a press conference in Quincy. “That’s a big deal.”

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is administered with a single shot, while the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots.  The one-shot advantage means more people can be fully vaccinated quickly and its use also expands the capacity to deliver more shots to more people. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is also much easier to handle – no subzero temperature storage, for example, which allows mobile delivery of vaccines.

So far, Massachusetts has received about 100,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which won emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration on February 27.

Baker said 5 million doses will be released to pharmacies participating in the federal government’s distribution program next week and 5 million will go to states.