On July 29, 2021, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) authorized an extension of the shelf life for the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (J&J) single-shot COVID-19 vaccine by 45 days, from 4.5 months to 6 months. The decision is based on data from ongoing stability assessment studies, which have demonstrated that the vaccine is stable at 6 months when refrigerated at temperatures of 36 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit (2 to 8 degrees Celsius). This extension applies to refrigerated vials of J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine that have been held in accordance with the manufacturer’s storage conditions.
Vaccination providers that have J&J vaccine in storage must:
- Visit https://vaxcheck.jnj/ and enter the lot number to get the latest expiration date.
- Mark the vials and carton with the new date displayed and also update the date in the NYSIIS or CIR inventory module.
- Determine if any vaccine has expired: If you have vaccine in storage that has an expiration date prior to July 29, 2021 (based on the most current expiration date), those vials should be disposed of as medical waste and reported as wastage in NYSIIS/CIR (see NYSIIS wastage reporting guidance here).
Thank you for your participation in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program.
The NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Team