Raleigh, North Carolina – Several COVID-19 vaccine providers stopped administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after some adverse reactions were reported Thursday.
Wake County spokeswoman Stacy Beard said 18 people had an adverse reaction to the vaccine at the PNC Arena clinic. More than 2,300 Johnson & Johnson vaccines were administered at the clinic Thursday, meaning 0.78% of vaccine recipients had a reaction.
Fourteen people who had a reaction were evaluated by the Wake County Emergency Medical Service at the PNC Arena and were treated on the spot. Four people were transferred to a local hospital for evaluation and are expected to be discharged.
Those who reported reactions reported symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, fainting, and an allergic reaction.
“Everyone is monitored. If they are concerned, we monitor them for 30 minutes. So most of the indications were caught early on,” said Ryan Jury, who oversees Wake County’s vaccination efforts.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday night recommended that vaccines continue at the PNC Arena after health experts found no safety issues or cause for concern.
In a statement, the CDC said they were aware that vaccine recipients reported dizziness, lightheadedness, lightheadedness, rapid breathing and sweating after receiving the vaccine in Iowa, Colorado, Georgia and North Carolina.
Before the CDC’s announcement, the county health official stopped Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines on Friday. The mass vaccination clinic will offer only the two-dose Pfizer vaccine on Friday.
“There are other products that we have been using for months, but if you look at how long we have been using the Johnson & Johnson product, it is not necessarily that long. So we are not sure what is normal, what is not normal. We are really in childhood right now, and [we’re] just trying to assess what the causes of this were, is there any reason to be concerned? ”Said the jury.
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“There is no higher priority than the safety and well-being of the people we serve. When we receive reports of adverse events in people who receive our medications and vaccines, we collect the necessary information and carefully evaluate the events. Reports on people who receive our COVID-19 and our assessment of those reports are shared with the US Food and Drug Administration and other relevant health authorities. This is part of the process in place to report comprehensive surveillance programs of health authorities overseeing safety. medications, as well as vaccines licensed for use against this pandemic, “a Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman said in a statement about the adverse reaction to the vaccine at the PNC Arena.
Johnson & Johnson doses in Wake County will be kept and stored until additional information is collected.
UNC Health spokesman Alan Wolf said the medical system was pausing the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at all UNC Health vaccine clinics after a small number of recipients reported they had passed out at the Friday Center. Thursday.
In a statement, UNC Health said more than 2,200 Johnson & Johnson vaccines had been administered at the Friday Center and the Hillsborough Hospital clinic. The specific number of people who had a reaction to the vaccine was not given.
Wolf said UNC Health is reassessing for Friday, and the hiatus is until officials can better handle what’s going on.
Dr. David Wohl, an infectious disease specialist at UNC Health, said that over the next few days, health experts will study safety reports, watch every reaction, and look for ways to calm those who are nervous around the vaccine.
“I don’t think it’s an allergic reaction. Most of the people I’ve seen here today who have felt dizzy have a history of fainting, especially around the needles. So it’s very difficult,” Wohl explained. “We’re also vaccinating different people than we did before. Often times, people get vaccinated from Johnson & Johnson because they’re averse to needles and they don’t want to inject. We’re just trying to make sure it’s the vaccine or the people who receive the vaccine or a combination of both. “
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The Duke University Health System said it would continue to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccines, as no adverse reactions have been reported at its clinics.
“Duke Health received the Janssen (J&J) vaccine from the same lot number identified at the Wake County Vaccine Clinic, but the shipment was shipped directly to Duke without intermediaries. No Duke patients have experienced serious incidents. The minor side effects of the vaccine have been consistent with those reported by the manufacturer prior to authorization and remain within expected rates, “said Thomas Owens, president of Duke University Hospital and senior vice president of Duke Health, in a statement.
Of the 2.2 million people fully vaccinated against coronavirus in North Carolina, only 8% received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. That means about 167,000 people received the vaccine, or about 1.5% of the state’s population.
The number of people who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is likely to increase because the number of doses entering the state has increased dramatically. This week, the state received nearly 150,000 doses, compared with fewer than 60,000 last week. That number was more than the number of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines that reached the state this week.