DENVER (KKTV) – Due to a national shortage of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine and potential adverse reactions, Centura Health announced Friday night that more than 20,000 people registered to receive the J&J vaccine this weekend will be scheduled to receive the Pfizer vaccine at various self-service clinics.
The announcement came Friday night and hits people with an appointment through one of three mass vaccination sites at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs and the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo.
11 News spoke with Centura Health CEO Peter Banko shortly after the announcement. The decision was made after a day of discussion between the Centura Health clinical team and representatives from the state of Colorado. Banko said Wednesday’s incident, where 11 people had adverse reactions to the J&J vaccine at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, played a role in their decision.
The J&J doses will remain in storage refrigerators while Centura Health uses them in outpatient settings, including medical clinics in Colorado.
“No dose will go to waste,” explained Banko. “We will administer them, just in different places.”
Banko added that anyone who still wants the J&J vaccine can work with Centura Health to obtain it at a different location than one of the mass vaccination collection sites.
“It would just clarify that there is a difference between sitting in the front seat of your car or sitting on an exam table in a doctor’s office,” Banko added. “Moderna, Pfizer, J&J are safe and effective, we are just making a few adjustments to ensure safety.”
Banko says Centura Health is awaiting further guidance from the CDC and FDA in deciding whether to bring J&J back as an option for mass vaccination sites.
To get an appointment through Centura Health at one of the three sites, click here.
The full Centura Health statement sent on April 9, 21 is below:
Centura Health will offer Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines in only three mass vaccination events, starting Saturday, April 10. All three are Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, and Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo.
The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine remains extremely safe and effective. We made this decision due to a national shortage of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine and adverse reactions to the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine at our community vaccination event at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday, April 7 (adverse reactions were 0.62% of those vaccinated on April 7). We will continue to administer the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine in our outpatient and clinic settings.
“Throughout the pandemic, we have remained flexible and agile, always ready to adapt our processes and systems rooted in our commitment to safety first, people always,” said Peter D. Banko, president and CEO of Centura Health. . “I applaud and support our amazing caretakers at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for their courage to see something, say something and stop the line.”
The 24,400 patients currently scheduled to receive the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine at one of our three Vaccines for All mass vaccination clinics between April 10-14 will maintain the same appointment time, date, and location. and they will receive the Pfizer vaccine. dose a vaccine. This change will be made automatically for all registered people and appointments will be considered confirmed. Pfizer Dose Two appointments will automatically be scheduled on the appropriate 21st, at the same time and location as the first dose appointment. Affected patients will receive an email, a text message, or both based on the information they provided during registration. If registered patients cannot keep their appointment or need to reschedule, they can call 855-882-8065. The phone line is open from 7 am to 8 pm every day.
“Right now, our priority is taking care of our currently scheduled neighbors to make sure they can get vaccinated,” said Shauna Gulley, MD, Senior Vice President and Clinical Director. “We appreciate your patience as we make this transition. We remain committed to vaccinating all Coloradans and Western Kansas residents as soon as possible. “
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