Tuesday, January 5, 2021 • 1:46 pm
Puerto Rico – Three health professionals in Puerto Rico had allergic reactions to the Covid-19 vaccines, one of whom had no history of allergies.
The president of the Puerto Rican Association of Allergy Physicians, Rafael Zaragoza, reported this Tuesday of the three cases on the island, where the local Health Department announced in its latest report seven additional deaths from Covid-19, as well as 158 new positive cases.
“One of the patients had no previous history and two were allergic patients. She did not ask us precisely that she was vaccinated that day. The patient who had no history was a nurse, they are all health professionals, ”he explained.
Zaragoza indicated that after beginning the immunization process in Puerto Rico, specialists continue to monitor the follow-up, reactions and experience of those who have already been vaccinated.
“All three were allergic reactions that occurred within the ten minute period after the vaccine was administered. Two of the people had a skin rash accompanied by itching, two of them with a welt, one of them with associated ‘bronchospasm’, and one of them with ‘angioedema’. All three have presented an association of tachycardia and two with a decrease in pressure, which may be the beginning of what would be anaphylaxis ”, the allergist explained.
The patients were treated immediately, handled appropriately and all have been resolved immediately without major consequences, according to Dr. Zaragoza.
From the experience of the president of the Puerto Rican Association of Allergy Physicians, regarding the consultation they have made for the administration of the second dose in these cases, the specialist indicated that it is not recommended.
“From our point of view, they should not get the second dose since it is anticipated that it will be a more severe reaction and right now the recommendation is that they do not get this type of vaccine,” he said.
“We will have to see if there are options in the next vaccines and obviously monitor if they achieve any immune response,” he said.
The doctor indicated that it is important that patients wait at least a thirty minute period after the administration of the vaccines, since the reactions are relatively quick and occur from 0 to 30 minutes after the vaccine has been administered.
“The patients who have reacted in the United Kingdom, in Alaska and those who are from the United States have been like this. The vast majority in about 0 to 10 minutes have seen these relatively quick reactions, “he said.
People who suffer from allergic reactions, hours later can have a relapse again.
“We are working on a therapeutic proposal against covi-19, and I have a lot of respect for the infection. I understand that not everything that the virus causes is known and we have great respect for it. We have to get vaccinated. That is the priority for me and we have to take control of this pandemic ”, he stressed.
“Particularly because there are already signs and evidence of mutations, truly of these RNA viruses the tendency is that when they mutate they become a little more infectious”, Zaragoza considered.
The specialist explained that the greatest concern lies in an upcoming increase in the number of cases after the festive period of the time.