The world’s first COVID-19 vaccine rollout faced a setback within 24 hours after two NHS staff who received the jab fell ill.
Both healthcare workers are recovering from anaphylactic reactions which they suffered shortly after receiving their injections on the first day of Britain’s mass vaccination programme.
This morning the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) advised NHS trusts not to give the vaccine to anyone who has a history of ‘significant’ allergic reactions. Up to 7 million people in Britain have allergies severe enough to require specialist allergy care, according to the NHS.
The NHS has said both workers are ‘recovering well’ and that a small number of allergy cases are ‘common’ when rolling out new vaccines.