CDC says J&J vaccine safe, UNC Health to resume shots

By on April 9, 2021

(North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services)

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On April 8, UNC Health and Wake County announced they were halting the administration of the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccine after a small number of adverse reactions were reported. Also on April 8, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) issued this release reporting that a CDC analysis “did not find any safety issues of reason for concern.” WRAL has reported that UNC Health will resume the J&J vaccinations.

Here is the NCDHHS release.

“The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Wake County Public Health Department to investigate a limited number of reactions that were reported during Johnson & Johnson vaccinations at PNC Arena on Thursday, April 8. Analysis by the CDC did not find any safety issues or reason for concern; and the CDC recommends continuing to administer the vaccine.

Of more than 2,300 people who received the vaccine at the PNC event, 18 experienced symptoms like nausea, dizziness, fainting and one allergic reaction. Four were transported to local hospitals for observation; all but one have been released from the hospital. The CDC is aware of several incidents of vaccine recipients experiencing dizziness, light headedness, feeling faint (vasovagal) and rapid breathing, sweating, following COVID-19 vaccines in Iowa, Colorado, Georgia, and North Carolina.

People may experience temporary reactions after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine such as a sore arm, headache or feeling tired and achy for a day or two and in some cases, fever. In most cases, these temporary reactions are normal and are good signs that the body is building protection.

In addition, some people experience lightheadedness, nausea or fainting (symptoms of vasovagal syncope) after a vaccination. The CDC recommends the following prevention measures:

  • Have a beverage or snack before getting your vaccine
  • Sit or lie down after you receive your vaccine
  • Breathe slowly and deeply before getting the vaccine and think of something relaxing

COVID-19 vaccines are tested, safe and effective. Close to 175 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the United States. The three COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the Federal Food and Drug Administration are proven to help prevent COVID-19 and are effective in preventing hospitalizations and death. You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine, and there were no serious safety concerns found in clinical trials.

The CDC has created a smartphone-based tool called V-safe that checks in on people after their COVID-19 vaccination. After enrolling, users receive regular text messages directing them to surveys where to report any problems or adverse reactions. V-safe allows people to quickly tell CDC if they have any side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on the answers to the web surveys, someone from CDC may call to check on the person and get more information.

In addition, anyone experiencing possible side effects (called adverse events) should report them to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). This national system collects data to look for adverse events that are unexpected, appear to happen more often than expected, or have unusual patterns of occurrence.


Some J&J vaccinations halted after adverse reactions


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Comments

  • Dethrol

    The tobacco companies testified, under oath, their products were safe. Chevrolet and Ford insisted the Pinto and the Corvair (respectively) were safe. Purdue Pharma extolled the virtues and safety of their opioid superstar OxyContin. In these cases, our federal government literally screamed “not so fast” (albeit after decades of procrastination and/or dishonesty). So, what happens when the Feds are the ones insisting that something is safe and pushing it on the American people? Who does the oversight, examines the statistics, and protects the citizens of this country. Nope, I don’t trust them one damn bit.

    Friday, Apr 9 @ 7:20 pm
  • Hugh

    Very glad to have my Moderna shots and a month after second dose essentially completely protected from this dangerous virus. Stepson and girlfriend just got JnJ and no problems, very happy to see them join the immune soon. I hope Dethrol does not contract the virus and suffer consequences, or worse, give it to someone else who does.

    Sunday, Apr 11 @ 2:03 pm