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CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago and the state of Illinois are about to see a major drop in the number of Johnson and Johnson shots they'll get from the feds next week.

For weeks, officials have been saying we're in a race between the vaccine and the variants. But now, vaccination efforts have been dealt a setback.

The month of April was when immunizations were supposed to hit their stride, and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was to be the work horse supporting several newly-announced mass vaccination sites in Chicago and the suburbs.

But now, a supply crunch. Numbers released late Wednesday by the CDC show the allocation plummeting.

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Chicago is set to receive just 4,800 doses next week - a sharp drop from the nearly 40,000 delivered this week.

And the state is also taking a hit. Just 18,000 Johnson & Johnson doses are set to be delivered next week compared to this week's 148,000.

"We thought in April we'd see a significant increase in the amount of weekly doses that we're getting, but unfortunately we're not seeing that," Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

Gov JB Pritzker's office confirmed a recently-reported mix-up at a Baltimore plant is behind the steep decline nationwide, despite federal assurances that J&J will still meet April and May projections.
"This drop is the unfortunate result of the error in production at the Emergent BioSolutions facility. Johnson and Johnson allocations are being reduced around the nation, but we look forward to production ramping back up so we can expand the use of this popular option for vaccination," a spokesperson for Pritzker said in a written statement.

The word comes less than a week before Illinois fully expands vaccine eligibility, and less than two weeks before Chicago's expansion date - which was just moved up to be aligned with the White House.

"We want to get as many people vaccinated as possible, but that's really going again to be dependent upon supply," Lightfoot said.

SEE ALSO | Cook County COVID surge may lead to tightened restrictions, health officials warn

The timing is critical with the virus surging in suburban Cook County, where infections in recent weeks are up six-fold in some suburbs. New restrictions could be coming.

"We are considering tightening up the required mitigations again if the trend continues, but we're not taking such actions now. Not yet," said Dr. Rachel Rubin, Senior Medical Officer, Cook County Dept. of Public Health.

Cook County health officials say they're in communication with their counterparts in Chicago, and any pullback would likely be coordinated with the city.

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The nation's top infectious disease expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe dangers of pausing the J&J vaccine Sunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues CDC: Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose MORE said Sunday that Americans should know if they need to get a third COVID-19 vaccine shot by this upcoming fall. 

During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” host Martha Raddatz asked Fauci about comments from Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla who suggested last week that vaccine recipients will "likely" need a third dose of its vaccine within six to 12 months after they've been fully vaccinated, with Moderna and Johnson & Johnson suggesting the same.

When asked when Americans would know for sure if they would need a third booster shot, Fauci said it would depend on when immunity would wane, which would likely be determined by summer or fall. 

"Yes, what you do, Martha, is you take a look at the level of what we consider a correlate of immunity, be it an antibody. And when the slope starts coming down, you could predict when you're going to get below the safe level, or you could start seeing breakthrough infections," Fauci said.

"I believe by the time we get to the end of the summer and the beginning of the fall, we'll have a pretty good idea whether we definitely or not need to get people boosts and when we need to give it to them," he added.

On the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause, Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe dangers of pausing the J&J vaccine Sunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues CDC: Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose MORE tells @MarthaRaddatz: "We'll know by Friday where we're going with this."

— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) April 18, 2021

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