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Hundreds of Johnson & Johnson vaccines will expire soon at local health department

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ULLIN, Ill. (WSIL) -- Health departments around Illinois say their Johnson & Johnson vaccines could soon go to waste.

Southern Seven Health Department says its Johnson & Johnson vaccines will expire July 9th.

Staff tell News 3 the vaccine pause in April is to blame for the low demand.

Community Outreach Coordinator, Nathan Ryder, says they still have several hundred of those doses available to distribute throughout their counties and those who haven't received their shot should get it soon.

"Just like buying a gallon of milk at the grocery store, a vaccine is eventually going to expire. And that doesn't mean it's unsafe, it just means that it's less effective and it doesn't have all the punch you need, especially with the Covid vaccine," he said.

Johnson & Johnson says its vaccine is estimated to remain stable for two years if they are frozen.

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Maya Skinner

Maya Skinner is a Multimedia Journalist at News 3 WSIL. Maya joined the team in 2019 and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Communication with a focus in Mass Media.

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