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New vaccines to combat the COVID-19 virus may not be 100% safe antidotes.
According to the report gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thousands of people who got the new COVID-19 vaccine are experiencing an inability to work and carry out their daily activities.
Hospital Reports of Side Effects
CDC reported that as of December 18, 3,150 people experienced the health impact of the said vaccine.
The people who experienced the side effects of the new COVID-19 vaccine disclosed the negative effects via V-safe which is a smart application that uses text messages and surveys on personalized health records. Through V-safe, people can escalate quickly if they have experienced side effects.
Anchorage Daily News reported that in Alaska at least five healthcare workers had negative reactions to the Pfizer vaccine. They were given treatment at the hospital for two nights. Meanwhile, a hospital in Illinois put on hold the vaccinations due to their four workers who experienced an allergic reaction.
Allergic Reactions After Vaccine Injections
Dr. Thomas Clark, a CDC epidemiologist informed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices about the data. The Advisory Committee on Immunity is an independent group that gives recommendations to the CDC. He added that CDC diagnosed six reports on harsh allergic reactions or anaphylaxis. A severe allergic reaction appeared after the vaccination of the new vaccine.
CDC advised people with a severe cases of allergic reactions should first consult their doctors to check their medical history. They may still be vaccinated if their allergic reaction is not related to injectable vaccines.
However, those who have an allergic reaction to any element in the COVID-19 vaccine should not be vaccinated. Furthermore, people who experience anaphylaxis after getting the first shot of the vaccine should not get the second shot.
What Triggers the Side Effects?
The director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Dr. Peter Marks said that they are studying the data on these side effects. He added that together with CDC, and colleagues in the United Kingdom, they are trying to look for the properties of the vaccine which caused these reactions to people
As of this point, they are figuring out if it is polyethylene glycol that caused the reaction. The said component is both present in Pfizer and Moderna. This has not yet been proven and further studies will be made according to Dr. Marks.
Recommendations After Vaccination
CDC recommended that after getting the COVID-19, people should be monitored for at least 15 minutes to check if there will be an allergic reaction. If in case there is a serious allergic reaction, the person should be brought to medical facilities and be monitored for at least seven hours.
To inform the public, the FDA posted the most reported side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine on their website. They have included the following tiredness, headache, muscle pain, and chills. These side effects will be gone after several days.