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  • Very interesting. The patient had no history of allergies, and reported that she was only disappointed that she would be ineligible for a second dose. Reportedly, she was treated with antihistamine, and then steroids, and was kept under observation over-night, which was a smart move, but she seems to be fine now. There is something going on here that might contain a latent explanation for why some people react so badly to the virus itself, but, for now, the important thing is to continue to be very cautious as the vaccine is administered. We are also trying to figure out why these reactions occur when they do, but it could be months (or longer) before anyone has a good enough grasp on why to make any concrete changes.
    • DancesWithWolves
      Yeah, I don't know what to think, Thanks for your comment
    • Linda Joy
      What I found interesting is that the control/placebo group reported allergic reactions as well!
  • Darn. Hopefully that is it for a bit. The hospital system I work for has given 3000 Pfizer vaccinations already (16th December 2020 today). I'm scheduled for mine tomorrow. I'll let you know if I make it ;)
    • DancesWithWolves
      All my Blessings to you, thanks for your comment, I wish you well
    • AskingForaFriend
      Thanks. I'm excited to get it and feel fortunate to get it so soon
    • DancesWithWolves
      You're welcome, my Friend :)
  • They've started giving them to VA staff. I heard people discussing it today. I think they should not give vaccines to all the staff workers at the same time, just in case.
    • AskingForaFriend
      Any allergic reactions should happen within a few minutes and it’s standard practice to make people stay and be observed for at least 15 minutes after any first time vaccine is given. So they should be fine. I hope you are doing well Linda, and that you can get yours very soon, if it’s something you want!
    • bostjan64
      It might be worth considering the possibility that we've seen rather severe acute allergic reactions in very few cases, but also that there has not been enough time since this started to have observed whether or not there will be any long-term effects. In other words, it might be 2021 or later before we know, directly, that the vaccine is safe. Until then, we can't be too cautious.
    • AskingForaFriend
      Oh- yes, true. We don't even know how long the antibodies will last at this point! Time will tell.
  • New reports that another recipient of the vaccine, also in Alaska, also had the same reaction. I wonder if both vaccines were from the same batch.
    • AskingForaFriend
      Looks like it was at the same hospital. Good to hear it was not as bad as the first. I’d be leary of that batch if I was up next for a shot!

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