UPDATE: Just days after it was approved by the FDA, Minnesota has received its first batch of the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Gov. Tim Walz has confirmed that Minnesota will receive 45,200 doses of the vaccine this week, with Walz himself meeting one of the first shipments to arrive.
He says that doses will begin "shortly after doses arrive to Minnesota providers."
Thousands of doses of Johnson & Johnson's new single-dose vaccine against the coronavirus are expected to arrive in Minnesota later this week, according to health department officials. The vaccine received emergency use authorization from the FDA on Saturday.
The state is scheduled to receive an initial shipment of 45,200 doses this week, followed by regular shipments of an unspecified amount, said Doug Schultz, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Health. The doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will join the state's preexisting allotment of doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.