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A New York City health care worker suffered a “significant allergic reaction” to a COVID-19 vaccine – the first “serious adverse event” to the jab in the Big Apple — and is in stable condition, officials said Wednesday.
“With more than 30,000 COVID-19 vaccinations administered in New York City, we have received a single report of a serious adverse event in a health care worker,” according to the city Health Department.
“Vaccines do have side effects and allergic reactions – while uncommon – are known to occur,” the department added in a statement.
“We also know that based on clinical trials and reports of adverse effects in other jurisdictions, reactions such as these are rare but have been reported with the Pfizer vaccine.”
The unidentified health care worker is reportedly in stable condition after being treated for the reaction.
The Health Department said it is closely tracking reports of more severe side effects in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“This is the first serious adverse event we have encountered in New York City,” it said.
“We will continue to move forward with the coronavirus vaccine distribution to ensure that health care workers and nursing home staff and residents are protected against COVID-19.”
Health officials did not disclose which vaccination the worker received.
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