Alaska health worker has an allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine

JUNEAU, Alaska >> Health officials in Alaska reported that within 10 minutes of receiving an injection, a health professional had a severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine.

US health authorities warned doctors to be wary of rare allergic reactions when they introduced the first vaccine made by Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech. Britain had reported a few similar allergic reactions a week earlier.

Juneau’s health worker started feeling flushed and short of breath on Tuesday, Dr. Lindy Jones, the medical director of the emergency room at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She was treated with epinephrine and other drugs because what officials eventually found was anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction. She was detained overnight but has recovered.

Unlike the UK cases, the Alaskan woman has no history of allergic reactions.

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