A 74-year-old man in Virginia developed a severe, painful rash over his entire body after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Four days after receiving the Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, Richard Terrell developed a severe rash all over his body. The 74-year-old recalled that the rash covered his entire body and causes his legs and arms to swell. Soon his skin began to peel off. He described the rash as ‘stinging, burning, and itching’. Moreover, the rash was so severe that even a simple movement such as bending his arm would leave him in severe pain.
He consulted a dermatologist who told him to go to the emergency room. Dr. Fnu Nutan, dermatology Hospitalist at VCU Health, conducted several tests, including a COVID-19 test. However, all came back normal. A skin biopsy revealed it to be a drug reaction. Thus, confirming that Terrell suffered an adverse reaction due to the vaccine.
Glad to Get the Vaccine
According to Dr Nutan, if left untreated, the allergic reaction could have likely become fatal. The 74-year-old spent five days in the hospital recovering from his rash. He is now recovering at his home. Doctors believe he is the first person to develop a specific skin reaction to the single-dose vaccine. Doctors at VCU Health plan to submit Terrell’s case to a medical journal soon. They blamed the reaction on Terrell’s genetic makeup. Unlike the other approved vaccines, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine does not use an mRNA vector. Instead, it uses a weakened adenovirus as a viral vector.
Recently, several reports of people developing a rash after a COVID-19 vaccine have come forward. However, he stated that the risk of suffering an adverse reaction from a COVID-19 vaccine is extremely low. And should not deter people from getting the vaccine.
Despite his experience, Terrell is encouraging others to get vaccinated. In an interview with WRIC, he said he was glad to have gotten the vaccine and would not hesitate to get it.