Health workers closed a number of COVID-19 vaccination sites at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City on Wednesday afternoon after 11 people had adverse reactions to Johnson & Johnson vaccine and two more were taken to the hospital. Local nurse to observe
The Colorado Department of Health and Environment on Wednesday night released a statement highlighting that the side effects experienced by patients at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, including nausea and dizziness, were “consistent with what could be expected”; and The decision to close The early site was due to extreme caution.
“The state has no reason to believe people vaccinated today at Dick̵7;s Sporting Goods Park should be concerned,” the health department said in a press release.
Kevin Massey, a spokesman for Centura Health, which operates the site with the state health department, said the number of people with adverse reactions amounted to 0.8 percent of the 1,700 vaccinated people at the site on Wednesday.
State health officials noted that “in most cases it is normal to feel sick from fever or pain after vaccination.”
“We comply with our regulations and made a decision in cooperation with the state to halt operations for the rest of the day with extreme caution,” Massey said.
Medical staff at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park website “said two people needed further observation” and they were transported to a local hospital, Massey said in a statement. Government officials said the on-site EMT treated nine others with juice and water.
Before Wednesday, the federal vaccine adverse event reporting system recorded 10 reactions at a community vaccination facility in Colorado, according to the state Department of Health.
“We are committed to providing a safe community clinic, and we are very grateful that today the clinic was properly examined and immediately helped patients with side effects,” said Scott Bookman, COVID Incident Commissioner. The state-19 said in a statement, “We know it can be a shock to hear about people being hospitalized, and we want to reassure the Coloradans that CDC and Public Health are pursuing a licensed vaccine. All closely ongoing “
Bookman added, “Getting the vaccine is safer than getting seriously ill with COVID-19, why am I getting the vaccine, and why I want my family to get it. From all we know, it remains true that the best vaccine you can get is the one you can get the fastest.
Massey said 640 people who were ignored on Wednesday were rescheduled to receive vaccination at the park on Sunday. Government officials said those scheduled for Sunday will receive the first two shots of Pfizer as the drugmaker’s vaccines were previously scheduled for that day, state officials said.
Anyone receiving the COVID-19 vaccine must wait 15 minutes thereafter to see if they develop an adverse reaction.
“Our goal is to vaccinate Coloradans as quickly as possible while keeping patient safety at the forefront,” Massey said.