- Less than 1% of Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients have experienced adverse reactions this week.
- But officials in Colorado and North Carolina are suspending the use of the shot.
- An investigation is currently underway to find out if there is a problem with the batch being used.
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Officials in Colorado and North Carolina are suspending distribution of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine after several people developed minor adverse reactions this week.
As The Denver Post reported Wednesday, 11 people experienced a reaction after being vaccinated by J&J at a mass vaccination clinic in Commerce City, north of Denver. More than 1,700 people had the vaccine that day, less than 1%.
On Thursday, Peter Banco, CEO of Centura Health, which has been distributing vaccines, said the company will suspend operations while public health officials find out if there is a problem with the batch. Reported by Meg Wingerter of The Post…
Wingerter noted that there were no problems at the beginning of the week.
In North Carolina, Wake County health officials said Thursday that 14 people – out of more than 2,300 – developed adverse reactions on Thursday. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently reviewing a shipment of vaccine and expects to release guidance within the next two hours,” county officials said. said Thursday night…
The response, albeit minimal, came after Johnson & Johnson was forced to write off about 15 million doses due to a manufacturing error at the Baltimore plant.
In a statement, Johnson & Johnson told Insider that it takes any adverse reactions seriously, saying it will “assess events carefully” and share any findings with the Food and Drug Administration.
“There is no greater priority than the safety and well-being of the people we serve,” the company said.