New York, December 17 (IANS): A health care worker in the United States suffered an allergic reaction after receiving Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, the only vaccine that has so far been authorized for emergency use in the country.
The worker was among vaccinated healthcare workers at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, Alaska on Tuesday.
According to a CNN report on Wednesday, the health worker who suffered the allergic reaction felt flushed within 10 minutes of receiving the vaccine. Other symptoms included shortness of breath and an elevated heart rate.
She was taken to the emergency room when she reported shortness of breath. She also reportedly developed rashes on her face and torso.
On Thursday, Alaska’s chief medical officer, Dr. Anne Zink, said the patient is fine.
“Thanks to the team and Bartlett who have done a great job in managing an adverse reaction to the Pfizer vaccine. Although we think this is incredibly rare, and the CDC and FDA have told us this is the only known case in the States. United to date, reporting problems is as important as reporting successes, “he said in a tweet.
“But above all – thanks to the patient, who is fine, happy to have received her first dose and disappointed it means she will not have the second. She encouraged us all to take ours.”
Since the availability of the vaccine is currently limited, it is mainly given to healthcare professionals.
The UK medical regulator last week advised that anyone with a history of significant allergic reactions to medicines, foods or vaccines should not receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine currently in use in the country.
The precautionary advice from the country’s Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) came one day after two NHS staff members experienced allergic reactions after being vaccinated, the news agency said. Xinhua.