CDC recommends North Carolina clinics should continue administering Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends clinics in North Carolina should continue administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following an investigation this week due to adverse reactions. Some vaccine providers in the state stopped administering the vaccine due to reports of the reactions. Wake County spokeswoman Stacy Beard told WRAL people had an adverse reaction to the vaccine at the PNC Arena clinic. More than 2,300 Johnson & Johnson vaccines were administered at the clinic on Thursday, meaning 0.78% of vaccine recipients had a reaction. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services worked with the CDC and the Wake County Public Health Department to investigate the reported reactions at the PNC Arena. The CDC is aware of several incidents of vaccine recipients experiencing side effects including dizziness, lightheadedness, feeling faint and rapid breathing and sweating. In a statement, the health department said CDC analysis of the incidents in North Carolina did not find any safety issues or reason for concern.Fourteen people who had a reaction were evaluated by Wake County EMS at PNC Arena and were treated on site. Four were taken to a local hospital to be evaluated. All but one have been released, according to the health department.Beard did not say what symptoms the people experienced.UNC Health spokesman Alan Wolf said the medical system would also pause administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at all UNC Health COVID-19 vaccine clinics after a small number of recipients reported feeling faint at the Friday Center on Thursday. In a statement, UNC Health said more than 2,200 Johnson & Johnson vaccines had been administered at the Friday Center and the Hillsborough Hospital clinic. The specific number of people who had a reaction to the vaccine was not given.Wolf said UNC Health is re-evaluating for Friday and will pause until officials can get a better handle on what’s going on.In a statement, Johnson & Johnson said reports of adverse events are assessed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the people they serve.”Reports about individuals receiving our COVID-19 vaccine and our assessment of those reports are shared with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other appropriate health authorities. This is part of the established process to inform health authorities’ comprehensive surveillance programs that monitor the overall safety of medicines, as well the vaccines authorized for use against this pandemic,” Johnson & Johnson wrote.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends clinics in North Carolina should continue administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following an investigation this week due to adverse reactions.

Some vaccine providers in the state stopped administering the vaccine due to reports of the reactions.

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Wake County spokeswoman Stacy Beard told WRAL people had an adverse reaction to the vaccine at the PNC Arena clinic. More than 2,300 Johnson & Johnson vaccines were administered at the clinic on Thursday, meaning 0.78% of vaccine recipients had a reaction.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services worked with the CDC and the Wake County Public Health Department to investigate the reported reactions at the PNC Arena. The CDC is aware of several incidents of vaccine recipients experiencing side effects including dizziness, lightheadedness, feeling faint and rapid breathing and sweating.

In a statement, the health department said CDC analysis of the incidents in North Carolina did not find any safety issues or reason for concern.

Fourteen people who had a reaction were evaluated by Wake County EMS at PNC Arena and were treated on site.

Four were taken to a local hospital to be evaluated. All but one have been released, according to the health department.

Beard did not say what symptoms the people experienced.

UNC Health spokesman Alan Wolf said the medical system would also pause administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at all UNC Health COVID-19 vaccine clinics after a small number of recipients reported feeling faint at the Friday Center on Thursday.

In a statement, UNC Health said more than 2,200 Johnson & Johnson vaccines had been administered at the Friday Center and the Hillsborough Hospital clinic. The specific number of people who had a reaction to the vaccine was not given.

Wolf said UNC Health is re-evaluating for Friday and will pause until officials can get a better handle on what’s going on.

In a statement, Johnson & Johnson said reports of adverse events are assessed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the people they serve.

“Reports about individuals receiving our COVID-19 vaccine and our assessment of those reports are shared with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other appropriate health authorities. This is part of the established process to inform health authorities’ comprehensive surveillance programs that monitor the overall safety of medicines, as well the vaccines authorized for use against this pandemic,” Johnson & Johnson wrote.

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