Although she had no history of drug allergies, the woman suffered serious ‘anaphylactic-like’ reaction within minutes of getting Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine and required an overnight hospital stay.
A healthcare worker in Juneau, Alaska, suffered a severe allergic reaction within 10 minutes of receiving Pfizer Inc’s coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday.
The middle-aged worker had no history of allergies, but had an anaphylactic reaction that began 10 minutes after receiving the vaccine at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, Alaska, a hospital official said. She experienced a rash over her face and torso, shortness of breath and an elevated heart rate.
She remains stable in the ICU at Bartlett Regional Hospital and is expected to be discharged later on Wednesday.
The woman is said to be disappointed that she can’t receive the vaccine’s second dose.
The anaphylactic-like reaction is believed to be the same one suffered by two British healthcare workers last week, both of whom have since recovered.
It led the U.K.’s regulatory body to warn that anyone with severe allergic reactions to food or medicine not get the vaccine.
Anaphylactic shock is a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction to an allergy from food, medicine or even a type of material.
In Pfizer’s clinical trial, 137 people who were given the vaccine suffered allergic reactions as did 111 in the placebo group.
Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, said today that doctors will have to keep an eye out for allergic reactions to the new vaccine.
“Currently, the CDC recommendation is that if you ever had a severe allergic reaction to an injectable medical product, you shouldn’t get this vaccine,” said Offit, who is also director of the Vaccine Education Center and professor of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
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