COMMERCE CITY, Colorado (KDVR) – The Colorado Mass Vaccine Center closed early Wednesday morning after people started developing adverse reactions to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Centura Health said on Wednesday night that 11 patients experienced a reaction after an injection at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.
The medical staff on the spot decided that two people needed additional supervision and, for reasons of caution, were taken to nearby hospitals.
The company previously told Nexstar KDVR station that 0.8% of patients – or 13 out of approximately 1,700 – who received the vaccine experienced adverse reactions.
The vaccination site, which was due to close at 5:00 pm, closed at around 3:30 pm and sent 640 people home who queued for hours for the vaccine. Their vaccination intervals have been rescheduled for Sunday, when they receive their first dose of Pfizer’s two-dose vaccine.
There is no information yet on how many people had reactions or how severe those reactions were.
A Centura Health spokesman made the following statement from NewsNation subsidiary KDVR:
From today, April 7, we decided to suspend work Vaccines for everyone a massive vaccination event at Dick Sporting Goods Park, which we are hosting in partnership with the state of Colorado. Following the J&J vaccine and during on-site follow-up, we observed a limited number of adverse reactions to the vaccine, accounting for 0.8 percent of those who received the vaccine on Wednesday. We followed our protocols and, with great care, made the decision – in partnership with the government – to suspend operations for the remainder of the day. More than 1,700 patients have received their vaccinations today, and 640 patients who were unable to receive the vaccine this afternoon will be automatically transferred to Sunday, April 11, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Our goal is to continue vaccinating Coloradans as quickly as possible, with the safety of our patients being the top priority.
According to Johns Hopkins University, roughly 20% of the state’s population, nearly 1.5 million, is already fully vaccinated. As of Thursday evening, Colorado had 470,254 confirmed cases and 6,132 deaths from the virus.
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