FDA extends Johnson & Johnson vax shelf life by six weeks

Adams 12 Five Star Schools District RN Tiffany Karschamroon draws a dose from a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the newest vaccine approved by the U.S. FDA for emergency use, at an event put on by the Thornton Fire Department on March 6, 2021 in Thornton, Colorado.
Adams 12 Five Star Schools District RN Tiffany Karschamroon draws a dose from a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the newest vaccine approved by the U.S. FDA for emergency use, at an event put on by the Thornton Fire Department on March 6, 2021 in Thornton, Colorado. Photo credit Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images
By , KCBS Radio

Johnson & Johnson confirmed on Thursday a U.S. Food and Drug Administration review has extended the expiration date of the company’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine by six weeks.

The FDA review determined the vaccine can be safely stored and refrigerated for up to 4 1/2 months, the company said in a statement.

Previously, Johnson & Johnson's vaccine was authorized for use three months after the manufacturing date.