A well being care employee in New York Metropolis suffered what officers are calling a “severe adversarial occasion” after receiving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. The employee, who was not recognized, is steady after being handled for a big allergic response.
“With greater than 30,000 COVID-19 vaccinations administered in New York Metropolis, we have now obtained a single report of a severe adversarial occasion in a well being care employee,” the New York Metropolis Well being Division mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.
It was not clear when or the place the well being care employee obtained the vaccine or how quickly after the response occurred.
“The Metropolis Well being Division is carefully monitoring experiences of extra extreme uncomfortable side effects in collaboration with the CDC, and that is the primary severe adversarial occasion we have now encountered in New York Metropolis,” the division mentioned in a press release. “We’ll proceed to maneuver ahead with the coronavirus vaccine distribution to make sure that well being care staff and nursing residence employees and residents are protected in opposition to COVID-19.”
Whereas the occasion is the primary to be reported in New York, there have been a number of different experiences of adversarial reactions throughout the U.S. A well being care employee in Alaska who suffered an allergic response inside 10 minutes of receiving the primary dose of the vaccine final week is believed to have been the primary reported within the U.S.
Since then, no less than 5 extra reactions have occurred, prompting the CDC to situation new steerage.
“You probably have ever had a extreme allergic response to any ingredient in a COVID-19 vaccine, CDC recommends that you shouldn’t get that particular vaccine,” the well being company acknowledged. “You probably have had a extreme allergic response to different vaccines or injectable therapies, you need to ask your physician should you ought to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Your physician will assist you determine whether it is protected so that you can get vaccinated.”
Nevertheless, the aforementioned steerage solely applies to those that have had extreme reactions to vaccines, and never others who could undergo from severe reactions to different parts akin to meals.
“CDC recommends that folks with a historical past of extreme allergic reactions not associated to vaccines or injectable medicines – akin to allergic reactions to meals, pet, venom, environmental, or latex – should get vaccinated,” the CDC mentioned.
“Folks with a historical past of allergic reactions to oral medicines or household historical past of extreme allergic reactions, or who might need had an milder [sic] allergy to vaccines (no anaphylaxis) – can also nonetheless get vaccinated.”