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Denver COVID vaccine site temporarily shuts down after 18 people have serious side effects

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 6 days ago Joseph Wilkinson

A mass vaccination site temporarily shut down Wednesday in Denver after 18 vaccine recipients suffered adverse side effects.

The clinic administered more than 1,700 shots of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Wednesday prior to the pause, local CBS affiliate KCNC reported. The reactions occurred at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, home of MLS’ Colorado Rapids, which opened March 22 as a vaccine site.

a woman talking on a cell phone: Dr. Laurie Carr administers a shot of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during a mass vaccination event outside National Jewish Hospital on March 6, 2021, in east Denver. © David Zalubowski Dr. Laurie Carr administers a shot of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during a mass vaccination event outside National Jewish Hospital on March 6, 2021, in east Denver.


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Dr. Laurie Carr administers a shot of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during a mass vaccination event outside National Jewish Hospital on March 6, 2021, in east Denver. (David Zalubowski/)

The side effects were “in-line with typical reactions,” site operator Centura Health told KCNC. Around 640 people scheduled for shots later in the day saw their appointments pushed to April 11.

In clinical trials, the most common side effects of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were headaches and fatigue, followed by muscle aches, nausea and fever.

Of the 18 people who had bad reactions Wednesday, 15 were monitored on site before going home, and three people were sent to the hospital, KCNC reported. Two had been released by Wednesday night.

More than 64 million people in the U.S., nearly 20% of the nation’s population, have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Centers for Disease Control data. More than 1.1 million of those people got the shot in Colorado, according to state data, just shy of 20% of the Centennial State’s population.

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