COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4) – The COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City was put on hold Wednesday afternoon after 11 patients experienced unwanted side effects after receiving the shot. Centura Health initially said 18 people were affected, but later corrected the number to 11 people.
The site used the Johnson & Johnson / Janssen coronavirus vaccine.
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“We arrived around 2.30 early and then about five cars away from being next door to get the shot and they stopped it, ”recalled Paul Doucett, who was scheduled to receive the vaccine on the spot. “There were two ambulances there. One pulled in when we pulled in and there was one already set up there. At least an hour and a half went by before they said, ̵
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 at this place should be concerned.
“We are committed to offering safe community clinics, and we are so grateful that the clinic today correctly observed and helped 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 the CDC and Public Health are constantly monitoring all of the approved vaccines. From what we know, the side effects today were in line with what can be expected, ”said Scott Bookman, COVID-19 Incident Commander. “Getting a vaccine is far safer than getting seriously ill with COVID-19. That’s why I got the vaccine and why I wanted my family to get it. Based on everything we know, it remains true that the best vaccine to get is the one you can get the fastest. Thanks to everyone who had to reschedule their appointments for their patience today. ”
The site is operated by Centura Health. A spokesman said 1,777 people received the shot, 11 of whom experienced side effects. 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 side effects on the vaccine,” Centura spokeswoman Lindsay Radford said. “We followed our protocols and in an abundance of caution we decided – in partnership with the state – to stop the operations for the rest of the day.”
Centura says nine people who experienced a reaction were monitored on the spot and sent home, while two others were driven to the hospital for further observation.
A total of 640 patients could not receive their vaccine on Wednesday. Centura Health plans to reschedule these appointments by April 11 at Dicks Sporting Goods Park.
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Doucett admits that he is now afraid of receiving the J&J vaccine, and he is happy that his vaccination was rescheduled. He says things just stopped when he was in the queue.
“(They) passed some waters and they said ‘There’s a little problem, just wait a minute.’ And they came back like an hour or so later and that was when they said there were too many side effects and that they did not feel comfortable with it and that they wanted to change it. ”
“I’m glad I did not get the shot and suffered any side effects or anything,” he said.
But in the end, he will be happy to be vaccinated.
“I’m marine, so I’m not really worried about anything. I’m taking the shot if they say it’s good for me if Dr. Fauci says, take the shot, I’m taking the shot. I trust science, ”he said.
His wife had already received the J&J vaccine earlier in the day at the Ball Arena vaccination site in Denver, and he says she is doing well.
“This will not deter me at all,” he said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, J & J / Janssen is a single-dose COVID vaccine that was 63% effective in clinical trials. Possible side effects in the arm where the shot is given include pain, redness and swelling. Other side effects in the body can include fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, chills, fever and nausea. The CDC said side effects usually start within a day or two to get the vaccine and should go away in a few days.
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CDPHE says there have been 10 previous reactions at community vaccine sites prior to this incident, according to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. The CDC and the FDA both administer the system.