Person who got Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine had severe allergic reaction, Alabama health officials say

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Nurses and medical staff make their way through the seventh floor COVID-19 unit at East Alabama Medical Center Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Opelika, Ala. COVID-19 patients occupy most of the beds in ICU in addition to the non-critical patients on the seventh floor. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)

Nurses and medical staff make their way through the seventh floor COVID-19 unit at East Alabama Medical Center Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Opelika, Ala. COVID-19 patients occupy most of the beds in ICU in addition to the non-critical patients on the seventh floor. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)

A person who received the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 had a severe allergic reaction several minutes later but appears to be recovering, the Alabama Department of Public Health said Wednesday.

The person, who wasn’t identified in a statement by the agency, had a history of such reactions, but decided to get the COVID-19 vaccine anyway.

The patient was immediately treated at Decatur Morgan Hospital, where the vaccine was administered on Tuesday, and the reaction was reported to the manufacturer.

Nationally, 10 people have been reported to have a severe reaction to the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 15,200 coronavirus vaccine doses have been given in the state, where more than 4,500 people have died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, and more than 334,000 have contracted the virus.

There were 1,087 new cases per 100,000 people in Alabama over the past two weeks, which ranks ninth in the country for new cases, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. One in every 173 people in Alabama tested positive in the past week.

While the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, it can be deadly for the elderly and people with other, serious health conditions including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

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