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Maryland to get nearly 50K J&J vaccine doses this week

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland has been allocated nearly 50,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against COVID-19, Gov. Larry Hogan said Monday.

About 49,600 doses of the newly approved one-shot vaccine will be deployed to providers this week.

“Our plan is to get this vaccine into the community right away and right into arms so that we can continue increasing our vaccination rate,” Hogan said in a statement.

This is the third vaccine granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Maryland health officials will direct the J&J vaccine allocation to mass vaccination sites, hospitals, local health departments and community health centers. In addition, the J&J vaccine will be deployed to pharmacies that the federal government has selected to participate in its retail pharmacy partnership.

The Hogan administration said the federal government has stated that future allocations of the J&J vaccine could be uneven, and could be smaller than this week’s allocation.