Nearly 60,000 Arkansas coronavirus doses near expiration

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas health officials say nearly 60,000 doses of the state’s Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine are nearing their expiration date and would have to be discarded if not used.

State epidemiologist Jennifer Dillaha told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that she expects most of the vaccine will be administered rather than discarded as the earlier expiring doses are being moved to vaccination sites around the state for use.

The health department reports more than 2.6 million total doses of vaccines have been received and more than 1.9 million doses administered, including nearly 898,000 people who are fully immunized.

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