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Story by Aimee Green | The Oregonian/OregonLive - Story Source
Published on Monday April 12, 2021 - 10:48 AM
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SALEM, Oregon - Problems in producing Johnson & Johnson's one-dose coronavirus vaccine will result in an 88% reduction in the amount sent to Oregon this week, similar to the blow dealt with all 49 other states.

Oregon last week received a record 61,400 doses, but this week the federal government will ship only 7,300 doses, according to figures provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The outlook is even worse as April proceeds, with Oregon's top state public health official expecting just 2,000 doses next week.

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen told state legislators the shortages of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine could exacerbate struggles in rural Oregon to get all people 16 and older vaccinated. Allen said lagging inoculation rates in some rural counties is due to people who've decided against vaccination. But others, he said, are holding out until the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available.