A few days before the start of the COVID-19 vaccination in the country, Health Canada concludes that no food allergy poses additional dangers, and is sticking to the recommendations already established by the pharmaceutical Pfizer.
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Health Canada had to address this issue after two people suffered severe allergic reactions after receiving the vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech in the UK.
Fortunately, these two patients knew they had allergies. They had an injector with them and are now well.
After investigating these two cases in collaboration with UK authorities, Health Canada ruled that the manufacturer’s recommendations were sufficient.
“After reviewing the known evidence, Health Canada has concluded that the current product monograph and public health guidelines are appropriate and do not recommend any changes in the use of the product at this time,” reads in a statement sent on Saturday.
This means that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is not recommended only for people who are allergic to products contained in the treatment.
No risk for food allergies
Vaccination against COVID-19 carries no additional risk for those who live with allergies to food or any other product on a daily basis.
At one time, the flu shot, for example, came with extra precautions for people with egg allergies. In the case of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, there is therefore no such opinion.
The same recommendations apply for everyone.
“If you have ever had a serious allergic reaction to another vaccine, drug or food, tell your health care professional before getting vaccinated,” Health Canada simply advises.
Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine, approved this week nationwide, contains potassium chloride, sodium chloride and cholesterol, among other things.
For the full list of ingredients, Canadians can visit the Health Canada website.
The vaccine is not recommended only for people who are allergic to any products on this list.