NCHHS urges clinics to resume J&J vaccine

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services urged clinics to resume distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave it the green light. The CDC investigated several reports of adverse reactions at a PNC Arena mass vaccination event on April 8. The venue temporarily stopped distributing the vaccine, but has since resumed.

 

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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 and 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 and 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 a fever. In most cases, these temporary reactions are normal and are good signs that the body is building protection, according to NCDHHS.

In addition, some people experience lightheadedness, nausea or fainting (symptoms of vasovagal syncope) after a vaccination.

The NCDHHS said the 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.

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 to report any problems or adverse reactions. The V-safe tool 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.