COMMERCE CITY, Colorado (CBS4) – The COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City was suspended Wednesday afternoon after 11 patients experienced adverse side effects after receiving the injection. Centura Health originally said 18 people were affected, but later corrected that number to 11 people.
The site used the Johnson & Johnson / Janssen coronavirus vaccine.
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“We got there at 2:30, early, and then about five cars from being the next to get the vaccine and they pulled her over,” recalled Paul Doucett, who was scheduled to receive the vaccine at the scene. “There were two ambulances there. One was stopping while we were arriving and there was already one installed there. It was at least an hour and a half before they said, ‘We just don’t feel comfortable with adverse reactions, so we have to reschedule them.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says patients experienced symptoms such as nausea and dizziness. They add that there is no reason to believe that other people who were vaccinated on this site should be concerned.
“We are committed to providing safe community clinics and we are very grateful that today’s clinic has adequately observed and assisted patients with immediate side effects. We know it can be alarming to hear about people being transported to the hospital, and we want to assure Coloradans that CDC and public health are closely monitoring all licensed vaccines on an ongoing basis. As far as we know, today’s side effects were consistent with what to expect, ”said Scott Bookman, COVID-19 Incident Commander. “Getting a vaccine is much safer than getting seriously ill with COVID-19. This is why I received the vaccine and why I wanted my family to receive it. Based on all that we know, it remains true that the best vaccine you can get is the one that you can get as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone who had to reschedule your appointments for your patience today. “
The site is operated by Centura Health. A spokesperson said 1,777 people received the injection, and 11 experienced adverse reactions. Centura did not say what the symptoms were, only that they were “in line with typical reactions,” according to medical experts.
“We saw a limited number of adverse reactions to the vaccine,” said Centura spokeswoman Lindsay Radford. “We followed our protocols and very cautiously made the decision, in partnership with the state, to pause operations for the rest of the day.”
Centura says that nine people who experienced a reaction were monitored at the scene and sent home, while two others were taken to the hospital for further observation.
A total of 640 patients were unable to receive their vaccination on Wednesday. Centura Health plans to reschedule those appointments for April 11 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
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Doucett admits that he now has some concerns about getting the J&J vaccine, and is glad his vaccination has been rescheduled. He says things just stopped when he was in line.
“(They) went through some waters and said ‘There’s a little problem, just wait a minute.’ And they came back about an hour later and that’s when they said there were too many adverse reactions and they weren’t comfortable with it and they would reschedule it. “
“I’m glad I didn’t get the vaccine and suffered some adverse reactions or something like that,” he said.
But in the end, you will be happy to be vaccinated.
“I’m a Marine, so I don’t really care about anything. I’ll take the photo if they say it’s good for me, if Dr. Fauci says to do it, I’ll do it. I trust science, ”he said.
His wife had already received the J&J vaccine earlier that day at the Ball Arena vaccination site in Denver and he says he is doing very well.
“This is not going to deter me at all,” he said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, J & J / Janssen is a one-dose COVID vaccine that was 63% effective in clinical trials. Possible side effects in the arm where the injection is given include pain, redness, and swelling. Other side effects in the body can include tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea. The CDC said that side effects generally start within a day or two after receiving the vaccine and should go away within a few days.
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CDPHE says there have been 10 prior reactions at community vaccine sites prior to this incident, according to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. Both the CDC and the FDA administer the system.