A mass vaccination site at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado was shut down after several adverse reactions to the Johnson & Johnson CCP virus vaccine, said Centura Health, which is managing the site.
More than 600 people who had appointments were turned away from the “Vaccines for All” event in Commerce City after 11 people who were administered the shot developed adverse reactions during the on-site observation period, Kevin Massey, a spokesperson for Centura Health, told local news outlets.
“Following the administration of the J&J vaccine and during onsite observation, we saw a limited number of adverse reactions to the vaccine,” Centura Health said in a separate statement.
The Colorado Department of Public Health said some patients experienced nausea and dizziness after getting the J&J vaccine, while Centura confirmed that nine individuals were monitored on-site and were sent home and two individuals were taken to nearby hospitals out of an abundance of caution.
“Over 1,700 patients received their shots today, and the 640 patients who were unable to receive their vaccine this afternoon will automatically be rescheduled for Sunday, April 11, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Our goal is to continue to vaccinate Coloradans as quickly as possible while keeping our patients’ safety at the forefront,” said Centura.
Massey told the Denver Post that the number of people who experienced adverse reactions was about 0.8 percent.
“We followed our protocols and, in an abundance of caution, made the decision—in partnership with the state—to pause operations for the remainder of the day,” Massey said.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a one-dose vaccine for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19.
That’s opposed to the two-shot Moderna and Pfizer vaccines that are also approved for emergency use in the United States.
Before Wednesday’s event, the state health department recorded 10 reactions at Colorado’s community mass-vaccination sites, according to the paper.
Reactions to COVID-19 vaccines have been reported in recent weeks, including a Virginia man who suffered a reported skin reaction after what doctors said was from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Colorado Health officials, following the closure of the site, stressed that getting the vaccine is “far safer than getting severely sick with COVID-19.”
European Union health officials on Wednesday made a similar statement after researchers found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca CCP virus vaccine and rare blood clots.