After months of anticipation, the first coronavirus vaccines were finally launched yesterday in the UK.
Vaccinations started across the UK with the majority of older people, people in nursing homes and their carers, before coming down the age range, with NHS staff and clinically extremely vulnerable people also on the list of priorities.
While the historic day was hailed as V-Day by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, unfortunately the launch has already encountered issues.
Two NHS staff members who received the vaccine yesterday suffered an allergic reaction, the NHS revealed.
While both patients are recovering, UK regulators have told people with a history of “significant” allergic reaction not to get the vaccine.
The warning has caused some to question what constitutes a “history of significant reactions.”
Twitter user Allergy Mum UK tweeted: ‘Would it be nice to know what constitutes a’ history of significant allergic reactions’? I imagine most of us here could put ourselves / our kids in that group. I don’t want people to avoid the vaccine if it is not a risk / vice versa «.
Official advice for healthcare professionals is that anyone with a history of a significant allergic reaction to vaccines, medications, or foods should avoid the vaccine.
The guide explains that this includes people with a prior history or anaphylactoid reaction, as well as those who have been recommended to carry an adrenaline auto-injector.
The Mirror has contacted MHRA for more details on what constitutes a “significant” allergic reaction.
England’s NHS said that all trusts involved in the vaccination program have been informed of the news and will advise anyone with allergic reactions to avoid the vaccine.
Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of the NHS in England, said: ‘As is common with new vaccines, the MHRA has advised as a precaution that people with a significant history of allergic reactions do not receive this vaccine after two people with history of significant allergic reactions responded adversely yesterday. They are both recovering well.