Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Site Shut Down After Adverse Reactions Reported

April 8, 2021 Updated: April 8, 2021

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, according to 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. “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.”

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,” Centura said.

Massey told the Denver Post that the number of people who experienced adverse reactions was about 0.8 percent.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a one-dose vaccine for the CCP virus, as opposed to the two-shot Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, which are also approved for emergency use in the United States.

Before the April 7 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 that 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 April 7 made a similar statement after researchers found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots.

Centura Health didn’t respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment by press time.

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Senior Reporter
Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.