The doctor who is allergic to the coronavirus vaccine gives an immediate reaction

The doctor in Massachusetts believes the first in the US who had an adverse reaction to Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine said the symptoms started within moments of the shot being given.

Dr. Hossein Sadrzadeh, of Boston Medical Center, received the vaccine on Thursday and first believes he is experiencing anxiety related to the shot, he told NBC 10 Boston. When his tongue began to tingle and then became numb, he realized that he was dealing with a reaction.

“My blood pressure was really lower, so it’s the time I know it’s anaphylactic shock,” he told the news agency. “My heart rate is higher, I sweat, so my blood pressure is really lower. I already had it, so I had my EpiPen and I administered it myself.”


The geriatric oncology fellow, who has a history of severe shellfish allergy, recovered by Friday, he said. Sadrzadeh said he would like to see Moderna and Pfizer do more research into the allergic reactions that several vaccines have received since the rollout began, but that it is important that people continue to receive the shot.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating at least six reactions related to Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine, and several other cases have been reported in the United Kingdom. To date, more than 11 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been distributed across the United States, with just over 2.1 million shots administered.

Experts have said that although allergic reactions, including severe reactions, can occur after receiving a vaccine, it is a rarity. The CDC, meanwhile, has issued guidelines advising anyone with a history of severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine not to be vaccinated. Those with a severe allergic reaction to other vaccines or injectable drugs should consult their physician before receiving a vaccine.


Those who have had severe reaction to the first shot are not advised to receive the second dose.

The country has aimed to get at least 20 million doses administered by the end of 2020, but it appears officials will not comply. Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading expert on infectious diseases, told the media that he expects vaccine campaigns to increase in January, potentially increasing the current rate of injections.