Colorado Vaccination Site Temporarily Closed After Some People Experience Adverse Reactions
By Talal Ansari
A mass-vaccination site in Colorado was closed Wednesday after
some people experienced adverse effects after being given a shot of
the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine.
A total of 11 patients were affected, according to Centura
Health, one of the largest healthcare networks in the region, which
runs the site along with the state of Colorado.
"Medical staff on site determined two individuals required
additional observation and out of an abundance of caution, they
were transported to a nearby hospital," Centura Health said in a
It is unclear whether the adverse reactions were related to the
Johnson & Johnson didn't immediately comment. The Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment didn't immediately
respond to a request for comment.
The vaccination site at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, a stadium in
Commerce City, just outside of Denver, was closed for the remainder
of the day and existing appointments were rescheduled. The site is
normally closed from Thursday to Saturday. Normal operations will
resume on Sunday, a Centura Health spokesperson said.
More than 1,700 individuals had received vaccinations Wednesday,
Centura Health said. The patients who experienced adverse reactions
accounted for 0.62% of those vaccinated, it said.
Federal health regulators
Johnson & Johnson's [one-shot vaccine
in late February, saying it was safe and effective. It is one of
three vaccines authorized for use in the U.S., along with those
from Pfizer and partner BioNTech, and Moderna.
Early safety monitoring of Covid-19 vaccines has found rare
of severe allergic reactions after vaccination, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Food and Drug Administration says people who are allergic to
the ingredients of a vaccine shouldn't take it. The vaccines from
Pfizer and Moderna contain, among other ingredients, the genetic
material RNA and a substance called polyethylene glycol, which has
been associated with rare allergic reactions. The J&J vaccine
contains an adenovirus, a virus that can cause the common cold,
which is rendered harmless; polysorbate and other ingredients.
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