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Johnson & Johnson vaccine shortage impacting New River Valley

The shortage cost millions of doses

The New River Health District is offering new opportunity to get the COVID vaccine.
The New River Health District is offering new opportunity to get the COVID vaccine.

NEW RIVER VALLEY, Va. – A nationwide shortage of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is impacting Virginia and the New River Valley.

It’s a manufacturing error cost the U.S. millions of doses of the vaccine.

Last week, Virginia got about 140,000 doses. This week, they only got 14,000 and the New River Health District hasn’t gotten any.

A few clinics in other states temporarily stopped giving out the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to side effects.

Experts say serious side effects have not been reported in the NRV.

“We have no direct evidence of any adverse effects from the vaccine itself that would warrant, at this point, you know, stopping with the vaccine administration,” said Dr. Noelle Bissell, the director of the New River Health District.

Bissell said some people experienced light-headedness or fainting, but were fine afterward.

The district is holding a first-dose-only clinic at Lane Stadium on Thursday. Click here to learn more.


About the Author:

Lindsey joined the WSLS 10 team as a reporter in February 2019 and is thrilled to call Roanoke her new home!