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.READ MORE: 'We Want Answers': Friends Say Death Of Saugus Woman While Hiking In Arizona Needs To Be Further Investigated
The spokesperson called it a “modest increase.”READ MORE: Woman Killed Near Roslindale Pharmacy Identified As Alicia Heywood
The 170,000 doses does not include vaccines sent to places like CVS under the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.MORE NEWS: OB-GYN Associations Recommend All Pregnant People Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston was part of the team that developed Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.