Lalaig, NC (AP) — Health officials in North Carolina administer Johnson & Johnson doses at Raleigh’s mass vaccination site and Hillsboro and Chapel Hill clinics after at least 26 people have experienced side effects such as fainting. Said it stopped.
Four people have been taken to hospital for further testing and state and federal health authorities are considering the issue.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reviewing reports of side effects in North Carolina and three other states, but noted that reactions such as fainting are not uncommon after someone has been vaccinated. According to local health officials, all those brought to the hospital are expected to recover.
“Currently, we are working with NC DHHS (State Department of Health and Human Services) and the CDC to further assess the situation and ensure that everyone is confident in the continued safety of the vaccine business.” Said Kim McDonald’s statement. Medical Director of Wake County Human Services.
Wake County announced Thursday night that it had stopped taking Johnson & Johnson at the PNC Arena after 18 of the more than 2,300 vaccinated people experienced side effects.
The decision to discontinue the J & J vaccine at PNC Arena was made with a reservation within 2 hours. People on the scene were then allowed to be vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine or to rescheduling existing J & Js.
Two clinics, Hillsboro and Chapel Hill, also chose to stop offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and reschedule 350 appointments for those set to receive single-dose J & J shots on Friday. doing.
In Colorado on Wednesday, 11 people saw side effects after receiving a J & J shot. Two of those individuals were taken to the hospital.
CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordland said he was aware of the side effects of some people vaccinated in Iowa, Colorado, Georgia and North Carolina. These reactions include dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, and rapid breathing.
She said the CDC is working with state and local authorities to assess the issue, conducting vaccine lot analysis and finding no reason for concern. The CDC has not instructed the health department to stop vaccination.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective,” she said. “Many people have no side effects after COVID-19 vaccination, but some experience pain and swelling at the injection site, fever, chills, and headaches. These usually do not last long and your body builds protection. It’s a sign of what you’re doing. “
David Wohl, an infectious disease expert at UNC Health, who oversees the UNC vaccination site, said eight to 14 of the approximately 1,250 J & J vaccine recipients injected Thursday were fainted after receiving the shot. However, no one was taken to the hospital.
Due to the timing of the day when the side effects began to occur, Wohl said UNC Health had completed all the shots for those who booked on Thursday at the two sites.
His department is still working to analyze the cause of the problem, but he does not attribute most of the time to an allergic reaction to the vaccine.
“I’m worried that if as many people as we are fainting, we need to understand why,” Wohl said. “Everyone I’ve seen doesn’t really have a underlying medical history of concern, but many of them report previously fainted.”
Vaccine manufacturer Johnson & Johnson said in a statement: When we receive a report of an adverse event for an individual taking a drug or vaccine, we collect the necessary information and carefully evaluate the event. “
New York Associated Press writer Mike Stobbe contributed to this report.
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