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People with a history of significant allergic reactions should not have the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid jab, regulators say.

It came after two NHS workers had allergic reactions on Tuesday.

The advice applies to those who have had reactions to medicines, food or vaccines, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said.

The two people had a reaction shortly after having the new jab, had treatment and are both fine now.

They are understood to have had an anaphylactoid reaction, which tends to involve a skin rash, breathlessness and sometimes a drop in blood pressure. This is not the same as anaphylaxis which can be fatal.

Both NHS workers have a history of serious allergies and carry adrenaline pens around with them.

Professor Stephen Powis, medical director for the NHS in England, said both individuals were recovering well.

He said this was "common with new vaccines", describing it as a precautionary measure.

Dr June Raine, head of the MHRA, said it was only right to take this step now that "we've had this experience".

Reactions like this are uncommon, but do happen with other vaccines, including the annual flu jab.

Several thousand people were vaccinated on Tuesday in hospital clinics on the first day of the UK rollout of the new Covid jab.

Prof Peter Openshaw, an expert in immunology at Imperial College London, said: "The fact that we know so soon about these two allergic reactions and that the regulator has acted on this to issue precautionary advice shows that this monitoring system is working well."(BBC)

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  • TJ Wednesday, 09 December 2020 10:27 PM

    Good excuse to delay the import of vaccine.

    Mm Wednesday, 09 December 2020 10:39 PM

    Well the company made money after selling it and only now allergy warnings appear ? This vaccine too seems to be turning into a pani situation

    lakcovid Wednesday, 09 December 2020 10:42 PM

    I am sure plans are already finalised by those with right connections to monopolise the import of the vaccine when it's approved by WHO

    DillonDP Wednesday, 09 December 2020 10:51 PM

    I would not take. A shot hope Barack does and goes to hell

    VJ Thursday, 10 December 2020 12:13 AM

    The vaccine may be a requirement to travel, such as an entry in the yellow card.

    gammini Thursday, 10 December 2020 01:12 AM

    Last week the American Scientists openly criticised Britain for rushing with this Pfizer vaccine without scrutixzing it for safety. But Britain boasted that their doctors are world experts in drug approval and simply ignored the American warnings and went ahead with vaccination starting from yesterday. Now within 24 hours we have this reports of side effects being reported in among those who received the vaccine .Most probably this vaccination would be halted in Britain. A big shame to British doctors who approved the vaccine. But as usual Britain will try and play down this matter and fool the world.

    Selvakumar Thursday, 10 December 2020 02:31 AM

    It's really value for vaccines then only WHO is given approved !!!

    Selvakumar Thursday, 10 December 2020 06:25 AM

    Other country cornavaccine also given feedback will be great, !!!

    REEZ Thursday, 10 December 2020 03:11 PM

    Ha haa! Nothing can beat our Pani.


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