“The last thing we wanted to hear is that we are getting fewer vaccines,” Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, a Republican, told reporters on Friday. “We were hoping to progress as they had promised.”
In a statement, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, a Democrat, said, “We won’t be able to get as many shots in the arms of New Yorkers as we would like.” He added: “As has been the case since the beginning of our vaccination effort, factor X is supply, supply, supply.”
Some state health officials had hoped to use Johnson & Johnson’s easily storable single-use vaccine to target college students and other transient groups. Others offered it at mass vaccination sites or directed it to rural areas.
Instead, Johnson & Johnson’s dose shipments next week will drop sharply in the states: California will drop from 572,700 to 67,600 doses, Texas from 392,100 to 46,300, Florida from 313,200 to 37,000, and Virginia from 253,400 to 27,900.
In Virginia, which will expand vaccine eligibility to its entire adult population in nine days, the effect will be “huge,” said Dr. Danny Avula, the national vaccine coordinator. He said officials should warn people that even though they would be eligible to register for the shots, appointments might be difficult to secure.