Alaskan health worker experiences serious but rare reaction to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine
A health worker in Alaska experienced what appears to be a rare but serious allergic reaction to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, according to The New York Times.
The worker, who had no history of allergies, was under observation in a hospital on Wednesday morning, according to the Times, and is set to be discharged later in the day.
The worker experienced flushing and shortness of breath, which subsided after being treated with epinephrine, according to the Times.
“She is healthy and she is doing well,” Dr. Lindy Jones, emergency department medical director at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, told the newspaper.
Two health workers in Britain experienced similar allergic reactions after receiving the vaccine last week, but have both recovered.
The United Kingdom issued a warning that anyone with a history of allergic reactions to medicine or food should not get the shot. One of the British health workers had a history of egg allergies while the other was allergic to several different medications.