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Third Alaskan health care worker has allergic reaction to Covid-19 vaccine

December 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A syringe contains a dose of a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 during a vaccine clinic at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. The hospital, Alaska's largest, plans to vaccinate 485 people this week. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

An Alaska health care worker had an allergic reaction after receiving a dose of the new Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, the third such incident in three days. The worker was treated and released after six hours.

(CNN)For the third time in three days, an Alaska health care worker had an allergic reaction after receiving a dose of the new Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

A clinician in Fairbanks on Thursday experienced "a probable anaphylactic reaction" about 10 minutes after the injection during an observation period, according to leadership at Foundation Health Partners (FHP), a health care system linked to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

The clinician, a female two-year employee, was transported from the vaccine clinic to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where she was administered two doses of epinephrine.

According to FHP, the employee reported she had no known allergies, though she once experienced a reaction to a bee sting.

Earlier in the week, two Alaska health care workers in Juneau also had allergic reactions after Covid-19 injections.

Jones said the worker had no prior history of vaccine allergies.

A second worker on Wednesday "experienced eye puffiness, light headedness, and scratchy throat ten minutes after being injected with the vaccine," according to a statement from Bartlett Regional.

The Pfizer vaccine has been hailed for its safety during clinical trials, though some precautions may be necessary for those with a known history of severe allergic reactions.

The FDA has said there is a "remote chance" that the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction.

The clinician in Fairbanks, who wished to maintain her privacy, according to FHP, released the following statement encouraging others to get the vaccine:

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