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- Hundreds are turned away from their vaccine appointments.

PAUL DOUCETT: They shut the line down and said that there were too many adverse reactions.

- Alan Gionet with more on why a mass clinic shut down in the middle of the day.

- Plus as Colorado reopens a return for Broadway shows is finally in sight. But it's still gonna take a while.

- We do need the time to make sure we can get out and do it right.

- And proof of vaccine to get a drink? The bar requiring a new form of ID.


- Well, some people ready to get their vaccine today told to go home and reschedule after 11 people had an adverse reaction to the Johnson & Johnson shots given at the Dick's Sporting Goods vaccination site.

Now within the last hour the state announced those symptoms included things like nausea and dizziness, and that the move to close the site was made out of an abundance of caution.

- The state also says there is no reason to believe people who were vaccinated today at Dick's should be concerned, because usually any adverse reactions are immediate. CBS 4's Alan Gionet on our top story tonight. Alan, you talked to someone who came up just a few cars short of getting what they went there for.

ALAN GIONET: Well, I did, Jim. And he said when they pulled in to Dick's Sporting Goods Park today they noticed some things weren't quite right. Now remember, all of this comes after millions of Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine doses produced by a subcontractor were held back because they didn't meet quality standards. But health experts say those doses weren't shipped.

But today, as people got the J&J vaccine here today, nearly a dozen of them had adverse reactions. It was another day of mass vaccinations at Dick's as Colorado tries to get closer to herd immunity. Paul Doucett was looking forward to it.

PAUL DOUCETT: We got there about 2:30, early, and then got about five cars away from being next in line to get the shot and they stopped giving it.

ALAN GIONET: His photo shows where he got stuck. Things did look a little off.

PAUL DOUCETT: There were two ambulances there. One was pulling in as we were coming in, and there was one already set up there.

ALAN GIONET: Centura Health said after seeing adverse reactions it made a call. In a statement, spokesperson Lindsay Radford 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."

PAUL DOUCETT: At least an hour and a half passed before they came back and said, OK, we're just not comfortable with the adverse reaction, so we're gonna reschedule you guys.

ALAN GIONET: Doucett was disappointed, but concerned.

Make you a little nervous about that Janssen or Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

PAUL DOUCETT: It does. I'm a Marine, so I'm not really worried about anything. I'll take a shot if they say it's good for me. If Dr. Fauci says take the shot, I'll take the shot.

ALAN GIONET: His wife had already gotten the Johnson & Johnson vaccine earlier in the day at Ball Arena.

PAUL DOUCETT: She feels great.

ALAN GIONET: Paul is still gonna do it. You really wanted the vaccine-- and you still want the vaccine?

PAUL DOUCETT: I do. Yeah, this is not going to deter me at all.

ALAN GIONET: But with another type of vaccine. Centura says it is gonna be contacting those people and bringing them in on Sunday to get a different vaccine-- likely the Pfizer. Now two out of the 11 people were sent to hospitals, but what happened to them, says Centura, was not life threatening.

[INAUDIBLE] comment from Johnson & Johnson Janssen tonight, but did not hear back. The CDPHE did add some comments at about 9 o'clock tonight saying these side effects were typical with what is likely to be expected.

In Commerce City, I'm Alan Gionet covering Colorado First.

- Tonight nearly two million Coloradans have received at least one dose of a vaccine. Our state is moving full steam ahead towards reopening, and now there is word of big events returning in the months ahead.

- Yeah. Those headlines come as we watch COVID numbers closely. Jefferson County is the latest county to announce it will increase its restrictions. The county will move to level yellow Friday due to COVID spread. Now most counties are now in level yellow meaning, 50% indoor capacity for most businesses.

Just yesterday we told you about Summit County moving to level orange. We are seeing a sustained uptick in hospitalizations due to COVID again. Tonight there are 392 people in the hospital with it. In the past week that number increased by more than 70 people. We haven't seen a sustained climb like this since November.

Still, we are getting news of major indoor events on the calendar. Country music star Eric Church will hold an indoor concert at Ball Arena in Denver. That is October 15th. And we also learned today that by the end of the year big touring Broadway shows will be back on stage indoors in Denver.

Jeff Todd joins us live tonight at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. And Jeff-- more waiting, but at least a good sign that things are gonna get back to normal.

JEFF TODD: Karen, we heard today that there are 3,500 jobs that are tied to this complex. And many of the people-- the officials in charge have been concerned until now to actually make the plans to get people back into the theaters.

- We can't wait to get back in the theater.

JEFF TODD: In December the Broadway tour of The Lion King will be the first major show to return to Denver.

- There need to be sets built, costumes built, rehearsals-- getting everything planned to go out on the road in the semis.

JEFF TODD: But a steady stream of productions will flow starting next winter and into 2022-- including Hamilton next February.

- We do need the time to make sure we can get out and do it right.

JEFF TODD: Finally some good news for one of the hardest hit industries, and it's had a ripple effect-- signs of the economic impact of the theaters being closed or visible all around this part of downtown Denver.

- Folks coming down to the arts complex feed the restaurants, feed the hotels, other businesses. So we all really rely on each other as one big industry.

JEFF TODD: Smaller events with an emphasis on the outdoors are being planned for the summer, but getting people back into the theaters will still be a slow process as the pandemic winds down.

- We really need a high probability for success in order to get that engine back up and going.

JEFF TODD: And the jobs from the box office to backstage.

- We're definitely coming back, and I just ask folks to hang in there with us.

JEFF TODD: In 2018 the arts brought in nearly $2 billion to the metro area. But in order to get this industry back into shape, it will take quite some time before people are back into these theaters.

We're live in Denver, Jeff Todd covering Colorado First.

- Many Coloradans will be enjoying some fun times up in Wyoming this summer, as Cheyenne Frontier Days will be held after being canceled last summer. Organizers say they weren't sure if it would be possible until just a few weeks ago. They do plan to sell tickets for full capacity. The 10-day event brings in about $28 million, just great news for the Cheyenne community.

- As-- as a merchant, yeah. We're excited for the-- you know, what-- what we can expect to, you know, hopefully expect to see from it.

- This is-- this is one of the happiest days around our office for a long time.

- I'll bet. The event, starting in late July, is mostly outdoors-- but some modifications will be made to the rodeo competitions. And good news for staying cool this summer. Water World will be opening Memorial Day weekend. It has been a COVID testing site for months. Now it's looking to hire hundreds of people. Tonight Tori Mason's showing us why that process is different this time around.

CALEB MILLER: Telling them that we weren't gonna open and that they're better off finding different jobs for the year was-- was a big bummer for [INAUDIBLE].

TORI MASON: Caleb Miller is one of thousands who got their first job at Water World. Caleb was turning 15 when he applied, and he's been there every summer since.

CALEB MILLER: Every year except last year. Yep.

TORI MASON: When COVID closed the park in 2020, Caleb filled his summer with housekeeping. In a couple of months he'll see fewer guests, but the same amount of co-workers.

JOANNE CORTEZ: We hire about 1,000 local kids, and that's not gonna change.

TORI MASON: Joanne Cortez, spokesperson for Water World, says the park plans to operate at half capacity by mid-July.

JOANNE CORTEZ: We're reaching out to the kids that we had hired last year. So we're hoping to hear from them.

TORI MASON: Up the road, [? Elis ?] Gardens is looking to hire 1,500 people. Summer workers like Caleb say they trust their employer's dedication to safety.

JOANNE CORTEZ: The operational plan was accepted in its entirety by the county and by the health department.

TORI MASON: Caleb doesn't plan to work at Water World forever, but after missing one summer he's grateful to return-- and happy for every teen getting their first job.

CALEB MILLER: I have a whole lot to owe thanks to this water park, this amusement park.

TORI MASON: Water World is currently accepting job applications through their website and they tell me they're actually looking for more people to apply. We have more information on how to do that as well as their pre-opening guidelines on cbsdenver.com. I'm Tori Mason covering Colorado First.

- Rec centers in Denver set to op-- reopen again. Starting May 3rd, weight and cardio rooms are going to be available on a reservation-based system. And some additional programs will begin a phased reopening. In June outdoor pools will also open. Indoor pools expected to open starting in August. City says services will be made available based on community need and staff.

- Coming up, a Denver bar says only people with proof of vaccination are welcome. So might this be the future of how business is done?

- We have the ability to reopen safely. Let's reopen safely.

- Andrea Flores talks to the owner about how that move is being received.

- Plus, it's the annual Colorado Pint Day. And it's not too late to help out your favorite Colorado brewery.

LAUREN WHITNEY: And we are clear now after the snow and rain we had last night. We'll talk about a roller coaster ride of temperatures and more wet weather on the way.

MICHAEL SPENCER: And coming up in sports, Antonio Senzatela delivers a gem as the Rockies do something they only did it once all of last year. Plus Mike Malone earned himself in early exit. I'll show you why he got tossed and how his team responded.