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Richard Terrell, a 74-year-old Virginia resident, was taken to the hospital after his “skin peeled off” due to a severe body rash caused by the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 (CCP Virus) vaccine. He got the one-dose vaccine on March 6 in Ashland, Virginia, and started developing symptoms four days later.
Terrell initially noticed a “discomfort” in his armpit, but the itchy rash soon spread across his body, making his skin bright red and causing him to swell.
Terrell told WRIC News: “It all just happened so fast. My skin peeled off. It’s still coming off on my hands now.
“I began to feel a little discomfort in my armpit and then a few days later I began to get an itchy rash, and then after that I began to swell and my skin turned red.”
Terrell consulted a dermatologist for advice when his condition deteriorated, and on March 19, he was admitted to the emergency room. His legs and hands were unrecognizable, and his face was red and patchy at the height of his vaccination reaction, he said.
“It was stinging, burning and itching,” he said.
“Whenever I bent my arms or legs, particularly the inside of my knee, where the skin was swelling and rubbing against itself, it was excruciatingly painful.”
Terrell was sent to the VDU Medical Center for five days before being sent home to recover. Terrell told 8News that he is still very weak and that it would take him a long time to recover. According to the biopsy findings, the doctor claimed that the rash was the result of the patient genetic and vaccine type.
“We ruled out all the viral infections, we ruled out COVID-19 itself,” says researcher Dr. Fnu Nutan, a dermatology hospitalist at Virginia Commonwealth University Health. “We made sure that his kidneys and liver was okay, and finally we came to the conclusion that it was the vaccine that he had received that was the cause.”
If it had gone untreated, Nutan warned, it may have been fatal.
“Skin is the largest organ in the body, and when it gets inflamed like his was, you can lose a lot of fluids and electrolytes,” Nutan said. She did, however, point out that such a severe reaction is exceedingly uncommon.
“If you look at the risk for adverse reaction for the vaccine it’s really, really low,” she added. “We haven’t seen a great concern at all. I am a big proponent of the vaccine.”
Terrell’s reaction was reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and he continues to advocate for vaccination. Dr. Nutan also cautioned against using the rare reaction as an excuse not to have the vaccine, claiming that she has experienced worse reactions from COVID-19. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is 85 percent effective at avoiding serious illness and 66 percent safe overall against minor cases, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The CDC has urged Americans to get vaccinated, claiming that they are “safe and effective.” “The vaccines met FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization,” the agency said on Thursday. Johnson & Johnson has yet to respond to a request for comment on Terrell’s reaction.