ANCHORAGE, Alaska (PNN) - December 17, 2020 - A healthcare worker in Alaska was hospitalized on Tuesday with a ‘serious allergic reaction’ after receiving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
The person, who had no known drug allergies, was still in the hospital on Wednesday morning under observation. It is unknown whether the patient suffers from any other types of allergies. The Alaska resident’s reaction was reportedly similar to anaphylactic reactions two health workers in Britain experienced after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine last week - both of whom have recovered. Of note, they both had a history of severe allergies. One, a 49-year-old woman, is allergic to eggs (which Pfizer says are not in their vaccine). The other, a 40-year-old woman, is allergic to several different medications. Both routinely carry EpiPenn-like devices in case of reactions.
After the workers in Britain fell ill, authorities there initially warned against giving the vaccines to anyone with a history of severe allergic reactions. They later clarified their concerns, changing the wording from “severe allergic reactions” to specify that the vaccine should not be given to anyone who has ever had an anaphylactic reaction to a food, medicine or vaccine.