Just as the vaccine is released, medicine regulators are advising people with ‘significant’ allergies to avoid the current vaccine.
This warning was after NHS England confirmed two of its staff who received Pfizer/BioNTech had suffered a major allergic reaction.
Reports suggest the two NHS workers who suffered the allergic reaction are recovering and under observation.
Professor 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 substantial allergic reactions responded adversely yesterday.‘Both are recovering well.’
Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has released advise saying those who have a history with allergic reactions should avoid this vaccine. MHRA also stated that this is “‘common with news vaccines”.
The advice reads: ‘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 autoinjector) 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.’
It’s being reported that the two NHS workers who reacted to the vaccine do have a history of allergic reactions.