They are now the third known healthcare worker in the world to have a severe reaction to the shot, after two British healthcare workers who went into anaphylactic shock when they received it in the first week of it being given out.
More than 30,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been given out in New York City and they are the only known person to have had a reaction.
More than 30,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been given out in New York City and they are the only known person to have had a reaction. Above, a different healthcare worker gets the vaccine on Long Island on Monday
The NYC Health Department did not immediately respond to a request for more details.
PFIZER VACCINE SIDE EFFECTS
Allergic reactions to the vaccine are:
Very common (Likely to affect more than one in ten people)
- Pain at injection site
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
Common (Likely to affect up to one in ten people)
- Injection site swelling
- Redness at injection site
Uncommon (May affect one in 100 people)
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Feeling unwell
There has been widespread skepticism of both Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines which were developed in record time.
All of the government experts say they are safe and many top officials have had the shot themselves to prove it is nothing to fear.
But many members of the public are holding off getting it until more research is done.
The long-term side effects are still unknown and it’s unclear how long it protects you against the virus.
There is also little information about how the vaccine affects pregnant women.
During Pfizer’s trial phase – when 44,000 people were examined and half of whom were given the vaccine – some suffered allergic reactions.
But the company said the rate at which people suffered them was on par with the number of people who have allergies in the general public, so was not abnormal.
On Tuesday, Dr. Fauci – the nation’s top doctor – was given the Moderna vaccine on Tuesday as was HHS Secretary Alex Azar. Trump has not yet had the vaccine.
The general public are not expected to get the vaccine until July.
Dr. Fauci said on Tuesday that while doses would start becoming available to the wider public at the end of March, a significant number of people will not have had it until July.
As the vaccine is rolled out slowly around the world, a new mutant strain of the virus is stoking fresh fears.
The new strain is said to be 70 times more infectious but is not thought to be any more deadly than what has previously been seen.
It has sent Europe into panic mode and effectively sealed off the UK from other countries. Experts say it is already likely in the US but has just not been detected yet.