British regulators are probing two adverse reactions that occurred on the first day of the country’s mass vaccination program for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), and warned that people who have a history of serious allergic reactions shouldn’t take the new Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
The UK’s Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is looking into whether the reactions were linked to the vaccine. The two people affected were staff members with the National Health Service (NHS) who had a history of allergies, and both are recovering. Authorities have not specified what their reactions were.
In the meantime, the regulator has issued the warning for anyone who has had a significant allergic reaction to a vaccine, medicine or food. That includes anyone who has been told to carry an adrenaline shot or others who have had potentially fatal allergic reactions.
“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 (Tuesday),” Professor Stephen Powis, medical director for the NHS in England, said in a statement.
The UK began its mass vaccination program on Tuesday. SOVEREIGNPH