The first doses of the jab were given to Brits on Tuesday – dubbed V day – but one day later UK health regulators have issued a warning to people with a history of allergic reactions not to get the vaccine.
People with allergies have been warned not to get the Covid jab that was used for the first time ever in NHS hospitals yesterday – after two NHS staff suffered allergic reactions to it.
UK regulators have issued a warning that people who have a history of “significant” allergic reactions should not currently receive the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine after two people who had the jab on Tuesday had reactions.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)– the independent watchdog responsible for approving vaccines for use in this country – has issued the warning after two NHS staff who received the coronavirus jab on its first day of use suffered adverse effects.
Both are recovering, it is understood.
The NHS in England said all trusts involved with the vaccination programme have been informed.
The MHRA has given precautionary advice to NHS trusts that anyone who has a history of “significant” allergic reactions to medicines, food or vaccines should not receive the vaccine.
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.”
On Tuesday (December 8), the first people in the world were given the vaccine in a move that was hailed as the beginning of the fightback against the Covid-19 pandemic that has devastated the world in 2020.
Grandmother Margaret Keenan, who has lived in Coventry for 60 years but is originally from Eniniskillen, Northern Ireland, was the first person to be given the vaccine by nurse May Parsons at the city’s University Hospital at 6.30am.
Mrs Keenan, who will be 91 next week, said the vaccine was “the best early birthday present”.
The retired jewellery shop assistant, who has two children and four grandchildren, added: “I can’t thank May and the NHS staff enough who have looked after me tremendously.
“My advice to anyone offered the vaccine is to take it – if I can have it at 90 then you can have it too.”
And Health Secretary Matt Hancock christened December 8 V-day as the start of the fightback against the disease.
The veteran politician, who has been roundly criticised for the UK government’s response to the coronavirus crisis, appeared to become emotional live on air on GMB with Piers Morgan on Tuesday morning after being shown footage of the first jab.