Adverse Reactions Info Released Slowly After Temporary Shutdown of COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinic in Commerce City, Colorado

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After a review of the 11 patients who had adverse reactions, there was no concern, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Eleven people had an “adverse reaction” at a COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic sponsored by Centura Health and the state of Colorado, which prompted officials to close a mass vaccination clinic in Commerce City, Colorado (closes about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2021). More than 1,700 shots were administered before 11 people presented adverse reactions. Kevin Massey, a spokesperson for Centura Health, said 11 people had an adverse reaction during a waiting period at the on-site observation site. He said two patients required transportation to a hospital for additional observation.

Next, more than 600 people with appointments were turned away from the “Vaccines for All” mass vaccination event at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday after the adverse reactions to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to a statement from Centura Health. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, located at 6000 Victory Way, is a soccer stadium venue that is also used for major concert events.

“Following the administration of the J&J vaccine and during onsite observation, we saw a limited number of adverse reactions to the vaccine.”

— Centura Health

Initially, Centura officials did not provide specific details about the reactions, including the severity, or whether all the reactions were similar. Later the Tri-County Health department revealed symptoms included nausea and dizziness. NBC affiliate 9NEWS reported they have asked a lot of questions, such as what happens to the lot of J&J vaccine that was interrupted, but have received few answers.

Temporary Operational Pause at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Community Vaccination Site on April 7

Centura Health decided to pause operations of the Vaccines for All mass vaccination event at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Wednesday, April 7. We are hosting the clinic in partnership with the State of Colorado.

Following the administration of the J&J vaccine and during onsite observation, we saw a limited number of adverse reactions to the vaccine that equaled 0.62 percent of those receiving the vaccine Wednesday; more specifically, 11 patients experienced adverse reactions. Medical staff on site determined two individuals required additional observation and out of an abundance of caution, they were transported to nearby hospitals.

We followed our protocols and made the cautious decision – in partnership with the state – to pause operations for the remainder of the day. Normal operations are set to resume as scheduled on future clinic dates.

More than 1,700 patients received their shots Wednesday, and the 640 patients who were unable to receive their vaccine this afternoon will automatically be rescheduled for Sunday, April 11, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Our goal is to continue to vaccinate Coloradans as quickly as possible while keeping our patients’ safety at the forefront.

— Entire Statement from Centura Health (April 8, 2021)

The remaining 640 people who were scheduled to receive their vaccine Wednesday, April 7, 2021 were being rescheduled for another mass vaccination event, which will utilize the Pfizer vaccine, on Sunday, April 11, 2021, according to Kevin Massey, who is a Communications Advisor for Centura Health and responsible for internal communications, media, and community relations at Littleton Adventist Hospital.

9NEWS reporter Jaleesa Irizarry said people with adverse reactions after being vaccinated experienced light-headedness, nausea, and some even vomited because they were experiencing low blood pressure; but 9NEWS reported the
“11 people are alright after the ‘adverse’ reactions to the Johnson & Johnson shot” Wednesday at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.
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Officials said the COVID-19 mass vaccination site in Commerce City was shut down “due to an abundance of caution” after people had adverse reactions to Johnson & Johnson/Janssen shots. YouTube Tips ⓘ

According to the CDC, the J&J/Janssen vaccine is recommended for people aged 18 years and older.

The ingredients in the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine are recombinant, replication-incompetent adenovirus type 26 expressing the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, citric acid monohydrate, trisodium citrate dihydrate, ethanol, 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HBCD), polysorbate-80, sodium chloride.

The vaccine is a single does injection into muscle.

CDC reports that the side effects of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen include Pain, Redness, and Swelling in the arm at the injection site; and Tiredness, Headache, Muscle pain, Chills, Fever, and Nausea.

Other side effects, such as anaphylaxis, have been reported in the media and in social media, but the side effects have not been recognized in CDC information published online.

The CDC states who should NOT get vaccinated …

Who Should NOT Get Vaccinated

If you have had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or an immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—to any ingredientexternal icon in the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (such as polysorbate), you should not get the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

An allergic reaction is considered severe when a person needs to be treated with epinephrine or EpiPen© or if they must go to the hospital. Experts refer to severe allergic reactions as anaphylaxis. Learn about common side effects of COVID-19 vaccines and when to call a doctor.

An immediate allergic reaction means a reaction within 4 hours of getting vaccinated, including symptoms such as hives, swelling, or wheezing (respiratory distress).

If you aren’t able to get the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, you may still be able to get a different type of COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more information for people with allergies.

See the CDC information at Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Overview and Safety

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