BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts is getting 170,000 first doses of COVID vaccines this week and it includes 8,000 unexpected doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

A spokesperson for the state’s COVID Command Center told WBZ-TV Tuesday they weren’t expecting the extra Johnson & Johnson shots because the federal government said the next state allocation would come at the end of March.

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The spokesperson called it a “modest increase.”

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The 170,000 doses does not include vaccines sent to places like CVS under the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston was part of the team that developed Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

CBSBoston.com Staff