Sask. government expecting shipment of Johnson & Johnson vaccines: health minister – CBC

Province hopeful to receive ‘an allotment’ of the one-shot doses by month’s end

Nov 02, 2021

Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot Janssen COVID-19 vaccine could soon be available in Saskatchewan.

“We are working on getting them in with the federal government,” Health Minister Paul Merriman told reporters after Question Period Monday.

“Obviously, it’s got to go through the procurement, but we have asked for an allotment … to be able to get those people who might prefer that one shot versus having the double dose.”

Though he didn’t disclose how many doses the province has asked for, Merriman did note he’s hopeful they’ll arrive by the end of the month.

Health Canada approved the use of the J&J vaccine last spring. There was an initial shipment of roughly 300,000 doses in late April, but they were never used due to ongoing concerns about its third-party manufacturer, a Maryland-based company called Emergent.

Workers at the company’s Baltimore plant inadvertently ruined some 15 million doses of this vaccine by mixing up ingredients intended for AstraZeneca shots.

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