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Israeli study: Pfizer shot safe for highly allergic patients, with supervision

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People with serious allergies can safely be inoculated with the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine with supervision, an Israeli study has concluded.

Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s largest hospital, set up a special clinic to oversee administration of vaccines to highly allergic people, with medical assessments done first and doctors on hand to treat the patients in the case of any serious reactions.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by far is the shot most commonly used in Israel (Moderna has also been used but in a limited amount).

More than 8,000 people applied, and 429 with serious allergies were vaccinated under observation. Only nine of the 429 had allergic reactions, and all of them quickly recovered and were in good health through the study’s two-week follow-up period.

The team running the clinic wrote their findings in a peer-reviewed study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

It concluded that, with the right expert oversight, “most patients with a history of allergic diseases and, particularly, highly allergic patients, can be safely immunized.”

Dr. Nancy Almog-Levin, Sheba’s head of clinical immunology who directed the research, told The Times of Israel that allergic reactions were more common than with........

© The Times of Israel

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