A COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City was shut down Wednesday after 11 people suffered adverse reactions to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and two were taken to area hospitals for observation.
“Following the administration of the J&J vaccine and during onsite observation, we saw a limited number of adverse reactions that equaled 0.8% of the people receiving the vaccine Wednesday,” said Kevin Massey, a spokesperson for Centura Health, in a statement.
Massey later Wednesday night clarified that 11 people experienced adverse reactions, but he did not respond to a request to describe the patients’ recations.
Medical staff at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park site, which is run by Centura and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, “determined two individuals required additional observation and out of an abundance of caution, they were transported to nearby hospitals,” Massey said.
“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.
More than 1,700 people received shots Wednesday at the site, and the 640 people who were turned away were rescheduled for shots Sunday at the sports park.
Everyone who receives a COVID-19 vaccine is required to wait 15 minutes afterward to see if there are any adverse reactions.
“Our goal is to continue to vaccinate Coloradans as quickly as possible while keeping our patients’ safety at the forefront,” Massey said.
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