A mass vaccination web site in Colorado was shut down Wednesday after 11 folks suffered “adverse reactions” together with nausea and dizziness after receiving the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
Centura Health mentioned in a statement that it “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.”
Two sufferers had been transported to the hospital for remark whereas EMTs handled the opposite 9 folks with juice and water, the state health department said.
Over 1,700 folks acquired pictures on the web site in Commerce City, a number of miles north of Denver, so the problems concerned lower than 1% of the vaccinations. The 640 sufferers who had been unable to obtain their vaccine due to the pause can be mechanically rescheduled for Sunday, Centura mentioned. The state mentioned the Pfizer vaccine, requiring two doses, can be administered Sunday.
“We know it can be alarming to hear about people getting transported to the hospital,” mentioned Scott Bookman, the COVID-19 Incident Commander. “From what we know, today’s side effects were consistent with what can be expected.”
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►A Los Angeles mass vaccination site will allow any adult to stand in line for a COVID-19 vaccine Thursday through Sunday after vaccination appointments went unfilled in recent days, the governor’s Office of Emergency Services said.
►Baseball fans headed to the San Francisco Giants opening game Friday will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result in order to be admitted, the team said on its website.
►Hawaii introduced plans to increase vaccine eligibility to all adults by April 19, turning into the ultimate state to decide to Biden’s call to lift eligibility requirements.
►Nearly half of new coronavirus infections nationwide are in New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, a situation that is putting pressure on the federal government to consider sending more doses to hot spots.
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Philippine authorities have launched an investigation into the death of a 28-year-old man who was allegedly forced to do nearly 300 squat exercises after officials say he ignored quarantine rules last week. Darren Manaog Peñaredondo, 28, was apprehended by village watchmen on April 1 in General Trias City, south of Manila, while he was buying water after 6 p.m. The curfew lasts from 6 p.m. until 5 a.m.
Arab News reports that he and other violators were reportedly forced to do 100 squats in sync. If they could not do them simultaneously, they would have to begin again. Some, including Peñaredondo, ended up doing almost 300 squats.
“Early morning on Saturday he had a convulsion, but we were able to revive him at home” before he was rushed to the hospital and died hours later, Adrian Lucena, Peñaredondo’s cousin, posted on social media.
The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that Michigan and other states with high rates of coronavirus transmission should restrict indoor youth sports and consider other steps now, such as a potential pause on indoor dining, to rein in the spread of the virus.
“I would advocate for sort of stronger mitigation strategies … to sort of decrease the community activity and shore up mask wearing,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House COVID-19 Response Team news briefing.
Walensky’s comments came one day after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer attributed rising cases in the state to pandemic fatigue and variants.
“It’s not a policy problem. It sounds like, you know, maybe we could do a little tweaking around the edges, but taking steps back isn’t going to fix the issue. What we have to do is really put our foot down on the pedal on vaccines, and implore people to do what we know keeps us safe: masking, distancing, hand washing.”
Michigan’s case rate is currently leading the nation: 452.5 cases per 100,000 people.
– Kristen Jordan Shamus and Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press
The CDC has been warning since January that the highly contagious coronavirus variant first detected in Britain would become the dominant strain in the U.S., and that time has arrived. On Wednesday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the variant, formally known as B.1.1.7, is “now the most common lineage circulating in United States.”
Though not stunning, the acknowledgement is important as a result of B.1.1.7 is taken into account at the very least 50% extra transmissible, and it is also extra virulent, than the virus’ unique pressure. The variant is believed to be a significant factor within the present surge of infections in Europe in addition to the current improve in U.S. instances after an prolonged decline. Of the 17,017 variant instances reported on this nation, 16,275 are of the U.Ok. lineage.
The three vaccines licensed within the U.S. have proved efficient in opposition to the variant, including additional urgency to the nation’s inoculation program.
Contributing: The Associated Press