Alaskan health worker shows a severe allergic reaction to the Pfizer vaccine Credit: Representational image

After getting a shot of Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine, a middle-aged Alaskan health worker at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, had a serious allergic reaction but is now stable, informed public health authorities.

The person showed an adverse reaction to the vaccine, moments after taking the Pfizer shot on Tuesday. The director of the emergency department of the hospital, Lindy Jones, informed that the Alaskan patient did not have a history of allergic reactions. The symptoms in the patient resolved after being given ‘epinephrine’, which is used for allergic treatments, Jones said.

Two similar cases were reported last week in Britain. According to Britain’s medical regulator, people with a history of anaphylaxis, severe allergic reactions to medicine or food, should not get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Contradicting the British medical regulator’s instructions, the US Food and Drug Administration claims that most Americans with allergies should be safe to receive the vaccine. They said that only people who have previously shown allergic reactions to vaccines or ingredients in this vaccine should avoid getting the shot.

Pfizer said that the vaccine comes with a clear warning that appropriate medical treatment and supervision should always be readily available in case of anaphylaxis. They also said that they are working with local health authorities to assess the incident in Alaska, and will closely monitor reports of serious allergic reactions following vaccination and update the labelling language for the vaccine if needed.

Following emergency-use authorisation last week, vaccine administration began on Monday in the United States.

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