Coronavirus NY: Johnson & Johnson supply shortage to impact New York state next week

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- A step backward coming next week in the race to vaccinate as the supply of Johnson & Johnson vaccines are decreasing across the country.

In New York, the supply will be down about 85% from the last week, but officials say they are prepared.

The news forced the Javits Center in New York City to scale back its round-the-clock appointments. No appointments will be canceled, but they are unable to schedule as many as they would've liked.

Last week, nearly five million Johnson & Johnson doses were distributed. Next week, just 700,000.

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Since it is just one dose, the vaccine has been popular in vaccinating the homebound college students and for those in more remote locations.

The drop is tied a manufacturing mistake in Baltimore. It resulted in 15 million doses being thrown out.

The mix-up could impact J&J's promise of delivering 100 million doses by the end of May.

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