A vaccination site in Colorado closed early Wednesday after a “limited number” of people began having side effects on the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, resulting in hundreds of people waiting in line for hours being sent home without to get a shot.
The site at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, eight miles northeast of Denver, closed about 90 minutes early at 7 p.m. 15.30, FOX Denver reported 31
“After the administration of the J&J vaccine and during on-site observation, we saw a limited number of side effects to the vaccine,” a statement from Centra Health, which runs the site, told Fox News. “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.”
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Messages to Johnson & Johnson were not immediately returned.
About 640, who were queuing for a shot, were sent home and had their slots rearranged by Sunday, Centra Health said.
The company did not say how many people had reactions, but said it accounted for 0.8% of those who received a vaccine dose on Wednesday. It did not specify what kind of reactions people had.
There have been reports of reactions to COVID-19 vaccines, some of which are serious. A Virginia man recently arrived after a hospital stay after suffering a skin reaction to what doctors believe was from a Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
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A recent manufacturing failure resulted in millions of Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses being discarded. A blend at Emergent BioSolutions, a manufacturing facility in Baltimore, prompted the Food and Drug Administration to postpone vaccinations.
About 15 million doses were destroyed.