Warning after two people in UK suffer allergic reaction to Covid vaccine
Regulators in the UK have issued a warning that people who have a history of “significant” allergic reactions should not currently receive the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine after two people who had the jab on Tuesday had allergic reactions.
Two health service staff members who received the vaccine on the first day of the mass vaccination programme suffered an allergic reaction, the National Health Service in England has confirmed.
It is understood both staff members have a significant history of allergic reactions – to the extent where they need to carry an adrenaline auto-injector with them.
They were among thousands who received the vaccine on Tuesday.
The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has given precautionary advice to health service trusts that anyone who has a history of “significant” allergic reactions to medicines, food or vaccines should not receive the vaccine.
The health service in England said all trusts involved with the vaccination programme have been informed.
This means that anyone scheduled to receive the vaccine on Wednesday will be asked about their history of allergic reactions.
Prof Stephen Powis, national medical director for the NHS in England, said: “As is common with new vaccines, the MHRA have advised on a precautionary basis that people with a significant history of allergic reactions do not receive this vaccination after two people with a history of significant allergic reactions responded adversely yesterday.
“Both are recovering well.”
The MHRA advice states: “Any person with a history of a significant allergic reaction to a vaccine, medicine or food (such as previous history of anaphylactoid reaction or those who have been advised to carry an adrenaline auto-injector) should not receive the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine.
“Resuscitation facilities should be available at all times for all vaccinations. Vaccination should only be carried out in facilities where resuscitation measures are available.”
They developed symptoms of “anaphylactoid reaction” shortly after receiving the vaccine, but both recovered after the appropriate treatment.
Pfizer said the vaccine was “well tolerated” during the trials with “no serious safety concerns”.
“As a precautionary measure, the MHRA has issued temporary guidance to the NHS while it conducts an investigation in order to fully understand each case and its causes.
“Pfizer and BioNTech are supporting the MHRA in the investigation.
“In the pivotal phase 3 clinical trial, this vaccine was generally well tolerated with no serious safety concerns reported by the independent Data Monitoring Committee.
“The trial has enrolled over 44,000 participants to date, over 42,000 of whom have received a second vaccination.”
A spokeswoman said: “We have been advised by MHRA of two yellow card reports that may be associated with allergic reaction due to administration of the Covid-19 BNT162b2 vaccine.“
The yellow card scheme is the UK system for collecting and monitoring information on suspected safety concerns or incidents involving medicines and medical devices.
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