Health officials in Alaska said Wednesday that a health care worker was adversely affected by the COVID-19 vaccine within 10 minutes of being shot.
U.S. health authorities have warned doctors to look out for rare allergic reactions when they first released the vaccine, manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech in Germany. Britain had reported a few similar incidents a week earlier. That’s why vaccine recipients should be checked after receiving the bullet, in case they need immediate treatment.
The Juneau health worker was following those rules Tuesday when she began to feel wet and short of breath, said Dr. Lindy Jones, emergency room medical director at Bartlett Regional Hospital.
He was treated with epinephrine and other medications for what officials eventually diagnosed as anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction. She was held overnight but recovered, Jones said.
Unlike British affairs, an Alaskan woman had no history of allergic reactions. Jones said she was “enthusiastic” about having taken the first dose of the vaccine. She is not expected to receive a second dose.
The state’s chief medical officer, Dr. Anne Zink, said Alaska has no plans to change the vaccine distribution.
“This is all part of what we were looking for and expecting,” she said.
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