A healthcare worker in Alaska suffered a severe allergic reaction after receiving the coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer Inc. on Tuesday.
At a press conference Wednesday, officials said the woman, who remains anonymous, was hospitalized at the Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.
She remains stable in the intensive care unit and is expected to be released today.
According to a statement from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the woman has no history of allergies.
The report was first published on Wednesday afternoon by the New York Times.
The allergic reaction is believed to be similar to the anaphylactic reactions suffered by two UK health workers who have since recovered after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech SE vaccine last week.
With hundreds of thousands of Americans expected to be dosed in the US over the next few weeks, health officials will be on high alert to see if any other recipients experience any serious reactions.
A healthcare worker in Alaska suffered a severe allergic reaction after receiving the coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer Inc. Pictured: Dr. Chadi Ibrahim (right) receives the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Susan Grand at the Beaumont Service Center in Southfield, Michigan on December 15
The worker admitted to hospital in stable condition has no history of drug allergies, but it is not known whether he or she has had any other allergies. Pictured: Pfizer's vaccine
"We do not yet have all the details of the Alaska report of possible serious allergic reactions, but we are actively working with local health authorities to evaluate them," a Pfizer spokesman told CNN.
& # 39; We will closely monitor any reports suggestive of serious post-vaccination allergic reactions and update the labeling language as necessary.
"The prescribing information contains a clear warning / precaution that in the event of a rare anaphylactic event following the administration of the vaccine, appropriate medical treatment and supervision should always be available."
DailyMail.com contacted Pfizer for a comment request.
Anaphylactic shock is a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction to an allergy to food, medication, or even some type of material.
The immune system releases chemicals that flood the body, making blood pressure suddenly drop and narrowing the airways, preventing someone from breathing normally.
Symptoms usually appear within minutes and include hives, a weak pulse, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and a swollen tongue or throat.
If not treated immediately, it can lead to death.
PFIZER VACCINE SIDE EFFECTS
UK regulators are advising anyone with a history of "significant" allergic reactions to drugs, foods or vaccines not to get the Pfizer coronavirus surge.
According to studies with more than 40,000 people, allergic reactions to the vaccine are "very rare".
Pfizer found a "very small number" or 137 out of 19,000 people in its phase three clinical trials who received the vaccine. But 111 people who were given a placebo also had allergic reactions.
They also identified 12 possible side effects of the vaccine, with seven identified as "very common," meaning they are likely to affect more than 1 in 10 people. The following are the known side effects.
The patient safety leaflet for the vaccine advises that people with an allergy to any of the active ingredients in the vaccine should not receive the bump.
Allergic reactions to the vaccine include:
Very common (Probably affects more than 1 in 10 people)
- Pain at the injection site
- muscle pain
- Joint pain
- a headache
Spread (Probably affects up to 1 in 10 people)
- Injection site swelling
- Redness at the injection site
Unusual (May affect 1 in 100 people)
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Not feeling well
In the UK, two National Health Service (NHS) employees with a history of severe allergies suffered post-immunization reactions.
One of the workers, a 49 year old woman, had a history of egg allergies and the other, a 40 year old woman, had a history of drug allergies.
Both wore devices containing adrenaline, a hormone that relaxes the muscles of the airways in the event that they experience any reactions.
A third patient also had a "possible allergic reaction" but the UK authorities have neither described it nor informed about the patient.
Pfizer says its poke isn't made with egg ingredients.
Following the reactions, the UK Medicines and Health Products Regulator (MHRA) warned that people with severe allergic reactions to food or medicines should not receive the vaccine.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, approximately 32 million Americans suffer from food allergies. It is not known how many have drug allergies.
No such warning was issued in the US as of Wednesday.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last weekend that Americans with severe allergies can be immunized as long as they are monitored 30 minutes after the shot.
However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking Pfizer to monitor and submit data for anaphylaxis in the United States, The Times reported.
The agency has also advised allergy sufferers to consult their doctor to ensure they are not allergic to any ingredients in the vaccine.
In a preliminary analysis of the Pfizer vaccine posted online last week prior to FDA approval, a group of scientists said the sting was safe.
Out of 20,000 volunteers, 137 had allergic reactions after the shot, but also 111 people who received the placebo.
This led researchers to reject the theory that the vaccine was a potential hazard.
Four people who were given the vaccine were diagnosed with Bell's palsy, a type of facial paralysis.
However, study scientists said there was no evidence of the sting that caused the condition and that the number matched the rate of Bell's palsy in the general population.
& # 39; Among the non-serious adverse adverse events, there was a numerical imbalance of four cases of Bell's palsy in the vaccine group versus no case in the placebo group, although the four cases in the vaccine group do not represent an incidence higher than that in the general population, ”was the analysis.
Pfizer's vaccine was launched in the US on Monday. 2.9 million people are expected to receive the first doses.
There is currently no federal data on how many people received the shot, and most states have not disclosed how many doses they have given.
However, it is likely that tens of thousands of people across the country have received the vaccine by now.
On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that 4,000 of the 87,750 doses received so far had been administered.
More than 80 percent of Americans over 18 said they'd like to get vaccinated – but most (44%, green) plan to wait a bit after approving shots to get theirs
A new poll shows that overall, only 55% of Americans say they will likely be taking a COVID-19 vaccine if it were available today
The survey conducted by OnePoll for DailyMail.com found that two-thirds of men and half of women are likely to get the sting
There are some fears that the allergic reaction is preventing Americans from receiving the vaccine needed to contain the spread of the pandemic.
A new poll found that nearly 84 percent of Americans say they'll get a coronavirus vaccine – but most don't want to get the shot.
The survey, conducted by ABC News / Ipsos, found that 44 percent would like to “wait a bit” before being vaccinated.
Only two in five respondents said they would get a vaccine as soon as possible.
It was also found that 15 percent of Americans still say they will "never" get a COVID-19 vaccine, with Republicans and minorities the least willing.
And another poll conducted by OnePoll for DailyMail.com found that this is fair Over half of Americans are ready to take the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available.
Only 67% of men and 49% of women said they were "very" or "somewhat" likely to receive the vaccine.
One respondent to the survey said, “Vaccines need to be tested for more than a few months before I am comfortable getting them. & # 39;
Another said they'd love to see when others take it if there are any side effects.
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