Colorado Department Of Health Says 'No Cause For Concern' After Adverse Reaction To Janssen COVID Vaccine

The CDPHE completed its investigation after more than a dozen people had adverse reactions to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday.

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KAREN LEIGH: And we begin CBS 4 News at 6:00 tonight with some breaking news to share with you. Colorado state health department completed its review of the mass vaccination site in Commerce City, saying that there is no cause for concern. Nerves may have played a role of 11 people feeling sick. Good evening, I'm Karen Leigh.

JIM BENEMANN: And I'm Jim Benemann. Thanks for joining us on CBS 4 at 6:00, also streaming on CBSN Denver. The state's top epidemiologist says feeling anxious or faint can be common after getting a shot, and Colorado's chief medical officer says, quote, "we are confident in saying that there is no reason for concern."

KAREN LEIGH: CBS 4's Rick Sallinger live at Dick's Sporting Goods for us in Commerce City tonight. And Rick, there is new information about what forced the closure of that vaccination site yesterday.

RICK SALLINGER: Well, Karen, it's a little more than 24 hours after they suddenly close this site down. And now the state health department is basically saying, don't worry about it. The symptoms included such things as fainting, but these were things that were highly anticipated.

All had been going smoothly when suddenly Wednesday, the vaccine line was shut down, halted after 11 people experienced problems during a four-hour period.

SHAUNA GULLEY: Lightheadedness, nausea. A couple of people had vomiting. Some people had low blood pressure or hypotension, and those were the reasons that we transported to the emergency department.

RICK SALLINGER: One question quickly became, was there a problem with the Johnson & Johnson Janssen one-dose vaccine batch? The governor jumped in.

JARED POLIS: There's very strong protocols in place just to make sure that there's no issues with the vaccine. And there weren't any issues with the vaccine, and the vaccines are continuing today.

RICK SALLINGER: The lot of the vaccine has been sequestered for investigation. But so far, they will continue with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

SHAUNA GULLEY: All of the reactions that we saw yesterday have been reported previously in some of the studies for the vaccines. That said, we saw a rate that was higher than what we were accustomed to at all of our other mass vaccination sites.

RICK SALLINGER: At Denver's Ball Arena, people lined up, with many like Mason Grande who heard about the concerns at Dick's.

MASON GRANDE: I actually looked at that when I was driving in, and I thought, oh, crap. But upon further review, it's only a few people, so hoping that was just a rare, rare occurrence.

RICK SALLINGER: If there's a new reluctance to get vaccinated, it wasn't showing here. Those 11 people that had the effects only represent a little more than half of 1%. The people that were in line that were told that they couldn't be vaccinated yesterday are being asked to come back on Sunday for the Pfizer vaccine. Live at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Rick Sallinger, covering Colorado first.

KAREN LEIGH: All right, Rick, thank you for all--