People who suffer from ‘significant’ allergic reactions should not take Covid vaccine, UK regulators warn.
The UK’s drug regulator has warned that people with have a history of “significant” allergic reactions should not receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued the warning after two NHS staff members who were administered with doses on Tuesday both suffered an allergic reaction.
The two NHS staff members, who are understood to have a “strong past history of allergic reactions” and carry an adrenaline auto injector with them, both recovered after receiving the appropriate treatment.
It remains unclear what element of the vaccine the two staff members were allergic to, while The Independent understands that officials were not aware this would be an issue.
Professor Stephen Powis, national medical director for NHS 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.”
This means that anyone scheduled to receive the vaccine on Wednesday will be asked about their history of allergic reactions.
The MHRA advice states: “Any person with a history of a significant allergic reaction to a vaccine, medicine or food (such as previous history of anaphylactoid reaction or those who have been advised to carry an adrenaline autoinjector) should not receive the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine.
What are the ingredients?
So far I’ve not been able to find this information out but I’m on the case.
Traditionally this varies on each vaccine but ingredients can include aluminium, squalene oil (found in the flu vaccine), gelatine, emulsifiers and sorbitol.
Sometimes vaccinations can contain eggs, taste improvers and other more rare and strange ingredients like parts of shark livers.
As far as I can tell the ingredients in this vaccine are as follows:
List of excipients
ALC-0315 = (4-hydroxybutyl) azanediyl)bis (hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate),
ALC-0159 = 2-[(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide,
potassium dihydrogen phosphate,
disodium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate,
water for injections
None of the above appear to be allergens… so it’s unclear what those staff members reacted to.
To find out more about the vaccine visit the Government website here: Regulatory approval of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. for Covid-19 vaccine.
What if you are taking immunosuppressants?
I’m including this because I was taking Methotrexate back in April last year for my eczema and to help me through Topical Steroid Withdrawal.
Immunosuppressant therapy, may have a diminished immune response to the vaccine. No data are available about concomitant use of immunosuppressants.
This is just a word of caution as it’s mentioned in the drug documents. Speak to your doctor if you are worried but it shouldn’t cause you problems.
Why is this vaccine allergenic?
I thought I’d add to this blog with the latest news from the BSACI from Dr Adam Fox.
Experts have met to discuss what caused the two reactions and it could be polyethylene glycol (PEG), But that’s not certain!
You can read more here:
So for now, those with severe allergies are advised not to apply or have the vaccine until more is known.
Thanks to the BSACI and Dr Adam Fox to addressing this.
Will you taking the Covid-19 Vaccine?
Are you worried about the vaccine? I’m scared of taking anything so new and untested, it just worries me.
Maybe it’s partly due to my experience with topical steroids and a growing mistrust of those medical experts who appear to ignore my concerns as a patient. And it’s not clear yet what element of the vaccine caused the reaction.
It appears to be completely safe for the majority of people and is being rolled out across the country. The medical advice is to get vaccinated if you can and let’s all admit, we’d all like to get back to some sort of normal life now.
Will you be getting the vaccine?