NYC health care worker had ‘significant allergic reaction’ to COVID-19 vaccine
NEW YORK - A New York health care worker had a "significant allergic reaction" after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, the city health department said Wednesday morning.
More than 30,000 people in the city have received the shot since it was first administered to a nurse in the intensive care unit in Queens last week. So far, according to the department, there has only been one "adverse event".
"We received a single report of a serious adverse event among a health worker," the health department said in a written statement. "Health workers who have had a significant allergic reaction have been treated and are in stable condition."
The agency declined to provide further details on the incident when contacted by the New York Daily News, but said in its statement that it "is closely following reports of more serious side effects in collaboration with the CDC".
"This is the first serious adverse event that we have experienced in New York City," the agency said in its statement. "We will continue to push the distribution of coronavirus vaccines to ensure that health workers, as well as nursing home staff and residents, are protected from COVID-19."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people who have had a "severe allergic reaction" to the ingredients of a COVID-19 vaccine not get the shot.
The federal government has so far approved two vaccines - one from Pfizer, which was first distributed last week, and one from Moderna, which came to town on Monday.
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