Vaccination in the USA: Alaska marks first serious allergic reaction to vaccine

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Alaska health officials on Wednesday reported a severe allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine. An allergic reaction to a drug produced by Pfizer and BioNTech occurred in a nurse in a hospital in the state capital, Juneau.

US public health officials have previously warned doctors to watch for allergic reactions to the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines. Last week, it became known about several similar cases in the UK, which was the first in the world to begin mass vaccination of the population against coronavirus.

According to Dr. Lindy Jones, chief physician of the emergency department at Bartlett Hospital, one of the employees had an allergic reaction to the vaccine. Within 10 minutes after the injection, the woman began to choke and show symptoms of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction to the injection of a medicine.

The victim was immediately provided with intensive care, the woman spent the night in the hospital and was discharged the next morning. Now her life is not in danger.

This message came at a time when vaccination of nursing home residents began in the United States. Nearly 2,000 retirees were vaccinated in West Virginia on Tuesday, and vaccinations began on Wednesday in nursing homes in Florida. This process is expected to begin soon in several more states.

The elderly and frail people with long-term care needs are among the most vulnerable during a pandemic. They, along with healthcare professionals, will be the first to receive the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. More than a third of the 300,000 Americans who have died from complications related to COVID-19 were clients or employees of nursing homes.

In Florida, often referred to as the “retirement state,” 141,000 people live in nursing homes. Here the drive to get the vaccine is often confused in older people with some anxiety.

“I hope this helps me protect myself from COVID,” Vera Leip, 88, a retired schoolteacher living in a nursing home near Fort Lauderdale, told The Associated Press. “I don’t know anything about this, but I preferred would not get infected. “

Leip’s nursing home does not oblige its employees to be vaccinated. According to the head physician of the institution, Mark Reiner, only 80 out of 200 nurses working in this nursing home agreed to take part in the first stage of vaccination. Most of the people who refuse to be vaccinated are African Americans who mistrust vaccines, he said, remembering the sad history of medical experiments on black Americans in the past.

“They are afraid,” explains Reiner. “This trend exists even though we try to tell them [о безопасности вакцинирования]”.

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