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California’s Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Supply Plummets Just As Millions More Residents Become Eligible

“I encourage everybody to avail themselves [of the vaccine] next week, everybody over 16,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday.

State residents may find it hard to follow through on the governor’s advice, however, because California is set to see a 15% drop in overall vaccine supply and an 88% drop in Johnson & Johnson shots just as millions more residents become eligible for vaccination.When Newsom announced the expansion of vaccine eligibility to all residents over the age of 16 on April 15, there were concerns about vaccine supply.

The governor himself has said the state’s vaccination program is only constrained by manufactured supply. At the time of that announcement, a statement from the governor’s office said,

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