UK Regulator Issues Allergy Warning on Pfizer Vaccine
Doctors will start giving the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine next week with more supplies of the jab expected to be shipped into the UK in the coming days. It comes after the first vaccinations were given on Tuesday.
The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency [MHRA] has warned people who have a history of “significant” allergic reactions not to take the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
It comes after NHS England confirmed two workers who had the vaccination on Tuesday, 8 December, suffered allergic reactions.
The Evening Standard reported that 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 significant allergic reactions responded adversely yesterday. Both are recovering well.”
Britain rolled out a mass coronavirus vaccination program on Tuesday and the first doses will primarily be administered to NHS workers, high-risk groups and people aged over 80.
Meanwhile the Food and Drug Administration in the United States will meet on Thursday, 10 December, to decide whether to distribute the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.