LONDON — Health officials in the United Kingdom are looking into two reports of possible allergic reactions to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which the country began giving to some senior citizens and nursing home employees Tuesday.
According to The Associated Press, the UK’s Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency recommended “on a precautionary basis that people with a significant history of allergic reactions do not receive this vaccination” after two patients “responded adversely” to the shot, Stephen Powis, national medical director of England’s National Health Service, said in a statement Wednesday.
Such a recommendation “is common with new vaccines,” Powell said.
Severe allergy sufferers did not participate in the clinical trial, according to the news outlets.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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