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A mass coronavirus vaccination site in Georgia has become the latest facility in several states to pause putting shots in arms after some people reported adverse reactions after being given doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The Georgia Department of Public Health said that “out of an abundance of caution,” it would stop administering the single-dose vaccine at the Cumming Fairgrounds vaccination site after eight people had reactions that “were consistent with common reactions in adults being vaccinated with any vaccine.”
At least four sites in North Carolina and Colorado paused vaccinations this week.
Georgia, Colorado, North Carolina and Iowa had reported incidents of several vaccine recipients experiencing dizziness, lightheadedness, rapid breathing and sweating, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency said that it analyzed the batches of vaccines and “has not found any reason for concern.” It didn’t specify which vaccines were investigated. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration are not recommending health departments halt giving vaccine doses, the agency said.
At least 112 million people have received one or both doses of vaccines in the United States — the vast majority without adverse reactions.
These uncommon reports should not deter most people from getting vaccinated, said David Agus, a doctor and author, on “CBS This Morning” on Friday. Vaccines can be scary, Agus acknowledged, leading some people to feel lightheaded or faint. But drinking water and eating a snack beforehand might help some who feel squeamish, he said.
“Hopefully, it’s just that: nerves,” Agus said.