Pfizer vaccine: UK health agency warns of allergies from new jab

Pfizer vaccine: UK health agency warns of allergies from new jab

- The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is not for everyone, especially those with a history of allergic reactions

- The United Kingdom National Health Service warned such persons not to receive the vaccine

- This is coming a day after the UK became the first western nation to begin the vaccination program

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Health regulators in the United Kingdom (UK) have warned that persons with histories of drug and food allergies should not take the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

This warning was given after about two United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) workers were reported to have suffered reactions recently, BBC reports.

Although the two persons eventually recovered from the allergies, the reactions include rashes, short breath and low blood pressure.

Pfizer vaccine: UK health agency warns of allergies from new jab
UK health agency lists persons to avoid Pfizer vaccine (Photo: Jacob King)
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Speaking on the health condition of the workers, Professor Stephen Powis, 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."

Moreover, a professor of immunology at Imperial College London, Peter Openshaw, said the fact that the warning about allergies came so fast shows the monitoring system is working well.

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Meanwhile, Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old woman, became the first person to be given a COVID-19 jab as part of the mass vaccination programme being rolled out across the UK. gathered that Keenan, who would be 91 next week, said the vaccine was the best early birthday present for her.

The report noted that she was given the injection at 06:31 GMT - the first of 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that would be given in the coming weeks.

The vaccine was administered on Keenan by Matron May Parsons at University Hospital in Coventry.

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