Adverse reaction reported in health care worker in Juneau

"If I ever had a doubt or an ounce of fear about doing the vaccine, all I had to do was think about the [patients] I've lost", she said.

Volunteers for Pfizer's clinical trial of 44,000 people were excluded if they had a history of allergic reactions to vaccines or components of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The symptoms were discovered during a 15-minute observation period recommended by the CDC.

According to Dr. Lindy Jones, an attending physician at Bartlett Memorial Hospital, the worker was initially held in the vaccine monitoring area right after receiving the shot, and took a Benadryl. She was listed in stable condition.

A Bartlett Hospital employee had an adverse reaction 10 minutes after she received the COVID-19 vaccine with symptoms like a rapid heart rate, a flushed face, and shortness of breath.

"This incident was reported last night to the CDC's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database". Vaccination clinics began in some communities on Tuesday and are continuing today.

On Tuesday, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced it was moving up a meeting originally scheduled for December 29 to assess the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine to next Monday, after receiving additional data from drugmakers. "The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has been in close communication with the CDC, and the agency is providing guidance and support", the state health department said in a statement. "We need to get ahead of this, and the only way to get ahead of it is to get vaccinated". More clinics are planned this week at hospitals around the state. Washington state's initial shipment has 62,000 doses of Pfizer's vaccine, which will be prioritized for frontline health care workers and people at long-term care facilities.

Williams acknowledged being nervous before she got the vaccine, but said she believes it's safe.

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