Raleigh, NC – Several COVID-19 vaccine providers have stopped administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after a few side effects were reported on Thursday.
Wake County spokeswoman Stacy Beard said 18 people had a side effect on the vaccine at the PNC Arena clinic. More than 2,300 Johnson & Johnson vaccines were administered at the clinic on Thursday, meaning 0.78% of vaccine recipients had a reaction.
Fourteen people who had a reaction were evaluated by the Wake County EMS at the PNC Arena and were treated on the spot. Four people were taken to a local hospital to be evaluated and are expected to be released.
Symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, fainting, and an allergic reaction were reported by those who reported reactions.
“All individuals are monitored. If they are concerned, we monitor them for 30 minutes. So most indications were captured early,”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday night recommended vaccinations continue at the PNC Arena after health experts found no safety concerns or cause for concern.
In a statement, the CDC said it was aware that vaccine recipients reported dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, rapid breathing and sweating after receiving the vaccine in Iowa, Colorado, Georgia and North Carolina.
Prior to the CDC’s announcement, County Health Officer Johnson & Johnson stopped vaccinations on Friday. The mass vaccination clinic only offers Pfizer two-dose vaccine on Friday.
“There are other products that we have been using for several 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 unsure what is normal, what that is not normal.We are really much in childhood at this time, and [we’re] just trying to assess what were the reasons for this, there is no reason to be concerned, ”the jury said.
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“There is no greater priority than safety and well-being for the people we serve. When we receive adverse reaction reports from people who receive our medicines and vaccines, we collect necessary information and carefully assess the events. Reports on people who receive our COVID The vaccine and our assessment of these reports are shared with the US Food and Drug Administration and other relevant health authorities, as part of the established process of informing the health authorities’ comprehensive monitoring programs that monitor the general safety of drugs and vaccines approved for use against this pandemic, “a spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson said in a statement about the side effect of the vaccine at PNC Arena.
Johnson & Johnson doses in Wake County are kept and stored until further information is collected.
UNC Health spokesman Alan Wolf said the medical system paused the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at all UNC Health vaccine clinics after a small number of recipients reported feeling weak at the Friday Center on Thursday.
In a statement, UNC Health said more than 2,200 Johnson & Johnson vaccines had been administered at the Friday Center and Hillsborough Hospital Clinic. The specific number of people who had a reaction to the vaccine was not given.
Wolf said UNC Health is evaluating for Friday and the break is until officials can get a better grip on what’s going on.
Dr. David Wohl, a specialist in infectious diseases at UNC Health, said that over the next few days, health experts will examine safety reports, look at each reaction and look at ways to calm those who are nervous about the shot.
“I don’t think it’s an allergic reaction. Most of the people I’ve seen here today who have felt weak have a history of feeling weak, especially around needles. So it’s really hard,” he said. explained Wohl. “We also vaccinate different people than we did before. Often people take the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because they are unfavorable to needles and they will not take a shot. We’re just trying to make sure it’s the vaccine or those people taking the vaccine or a combination of both. “
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The Duke University Health System said it would continue to administer Johnson & Johnson vaccines as side effects have not been reported at its clinics.
“Duke Health received the Janssen (J&J) vaccine from the same batch number identified in the Wake County vaccine clinic, but the shipment was sent directly to Duke through no intermediary. No patients at Duke have experienced serious events. Minor side effects from the vaccine have been consistent with those reported by the manufacturer prior to approval and remain within the expected prices, “said Thomas Owens, president of Duke University Hospital and senior vice president of Duke Health, in a statement.
Of the 2.2 million people who were fully vaccinated against coronavirus in North Carolina, only 8% received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This means that about 167,000 people received the vaccine or approx. 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 against less than 60,000 last week. That number was more than the number of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines coming to the state this week.