After more than 10 people had adverse reactions to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 (Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus)) vaccine injection, a mass vaccination site identified as Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado, had to close early on Wednesday afternoon, April 7.
Centura Health, one of the region’s largest healthcare networks, which operates the Colorado site, said a total of 11 patients had been affected by the vaccine. Of them, two patients were hospitalized for further observation “out of an abundance of caution,” and nine others were monitored one-site before being allowed back home.
An update on today's mass vaccination clinic at Dick's Sporting Goods Park pic.twitter.com/TgwWimfqVj
— Centura Health (@CenturaHealth) April 8, 2021
According to the New York Post, the number of people experiencing noticeable side effects from the J&J one-shot accounted for only 0.62% of the total demographic of more than 1,700 vaccinated people at the site on Wednesday.
Centura Health announced that the site would resume vaccinating on Sunday.
Giving the statistics, Centura Health is hinting at public calm over J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine quality. In a separate statement on April 7, it says “the state has no reason to believe that people who were vaccinated today at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park should be concerned. Adverse reactions are typically immediate.”
Scott Bookman, COVID-19 Incident Commander, said that side-effects of the vaccine are expectable reactions, and called for continuing to take the shots as “getting a vaccine is far safer than getting severely sick with COVID-19.”
“We know it can be alarming to hear about people getting transported to the hospital, and we want to reassure Coloradans that the CDC and public health are closely monitoring all the authorized vaccines continually. From what we know, today’s side effects were consistent with what can be expected,” he said, “… based on everything we know, it remains true that the best vaccine to get is the one you can get the soonest.”
The Colorado Department of Public Health explained that the most common reaction the patients at the site reported after receiving the J&J shot are nausea and dizziness.
Meanwhile, nausea, fever, chills, and tiredness are already said to be some of the potential side effects of the vaccine, which generally appear a day or two after the vaccination and should subside after a few days the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Yet, Americans might still be concerned about the J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine. Since its distribution, two people died after taking the shot, including a 32-year-old man who passed away just 24 hours after being vaccinated, and one 25-year-old female patient who survived less than a week.
Disturbingly, the 25-year-old deceased patient posted her badly affected health conditions the day after the vaccination on Facebook on March 11, but was fact-checked as false information. Her death compromises public trust in the vaccine.