On the first day of the UK`s rollout, two NHS workers reacted to the new coronavirus vaccine prompting questions over its safety for everyone.
Shortly after receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech jab on Tuesday, two National Health Service (NHS) workers had allergic reactions. It was confirmed that they had an anaphylactoid reaction – much milder than anaphylaxis – which tends to involve a skin rash, breathlessness and sometimes a drop in blood pressure.
Recently, Letitia Wright, a Marvel`s Black Panther actor tweeted her concern over the efficacy of the new Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine which sparked controversy.
“You have every right to ask questions about what goes into your body and ask questions until you feel you are ready,” she said.
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Following the NHS workers` reaction to the vaccine, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) warned all people with significant reactions to medicines, food or vaccines not to have the Pfizer/BioNTech jab.
The medical director for the NHS in England, Professor Stephen Powis, has confirmed that both NHS workers are responding to treatment well.
“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,” he said.
When clinical trials of the vaccine were conducted with more than twenty thousand participants, no one had similar reactions.
Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week was the first person to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, on Tuesday at University Hospital Coventry and described it as the “best early birthday present“.
The vaccine programme marks the “start of the fightback against our common enemy, the coronavirus,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.