The first known allergic reaction to the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in the United States was reported in Alaska when some snarls began to surface in an attempt to send the shots across the country, highlighting the daunting future challenges for a historic immunization campaign. A health worker in Juneau, Alaska, with no history of allergies, experienced redness and shortness of breath 10 minutes after receiving an injection, the state health department said in a statement Wednesday.
The person was admitted to the emergency room and given Pepcid, Benadryl, and epinephrine through an intravenous drip. The patient stayed overnight and is in stable condition, according to the Alaska Department of Health.
Pfizer is coordinating with local officials, will closely monitor all reports suggesting severe allergic reactions, and will update the labeling language if necessary, spokeswoman Jerica Pitts said in a statement.
The incident came to light on Wednesday when the first hiccup in US vaccine distribution emerged, including a hold on delivery of 3,900 shots to two states and the announcement that Pfizer would provide about 900,000 fewer doses next week than than expected for shipping this week.
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