Pfizer COVID vaccine: UK regulators say people with history of serious allergic reactions shouldn’t get jab

UK regulators say people who have a “significant history” of allergic reactions shouldn’t receive the new Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine while they investigate two adverse reactions that occurred on the first day of the country’s mass vaccination program.

Professor Stephen Powis, national medical director for the National Health Service in England, said health authorities were acting on a recommendation from the Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, the nation’s medicines regulator.

“As is common with new vaccines, the MHRA has 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,” Powis said in a statement.

“Both are recovering well.”

Dr June Raine, head of the UK’s medical regulatory agency, reported the adverse reactions as she testified Wednesday to a Parliamentary committee.

Two workers in the UK have had an allergic reaction to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Credit: REUTERS

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