ALASKA HEALTHCARE WORKER SUFFERS ALLERGIC REACTION TO COVID-19 VACCINE
Doctors said an Alaska healthcare worker who suffered an allergic reaction to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday felt flushed within the first 10 minutes of receiving the vaccine, and later reported symptoms including shortness of breath and elevated heart rate.
Accordingly, the case is the first allergic reaction to the vaccine to be reported in the United States.
Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said officials are expecting the occasional allergic reaction — and are prepared to treat anyone suffering from one.
“We expected that a side effect like this could occur after reports of anaphylaxis were made in England after people there received the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine,” he said.
The worker was among staff being vaccinated at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau as part of the rollout of Pfizer’s vaccine across the country Tuesday.
According to Dr. Lindy Jones, an attending physician at Bartlett Memorial Hospital, the worker was initially held in the vaccine monitoring area right after receiving the shot, and took a Benadryl. When she reported shortness of breath, she was taken to the emergency room.
When Jones saw her in the hospital, he said she was experiencing shortness of breath and an elevated heart rate, and had developed a rash covering her face and torso.