Boston doctor was ‘scared to death’ by allergic reaction to Moderna COVID vaccine


DECEMBER 26, 2020

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A Boston doctor has detailed the harrowing experience he suffered in having a severe allergic reaction after receiving his first dose of Moderna’s COVID vaccine Thursday.

Dr. Hossein Sadrzadeh is the first person to report such a reaction to the Moderna vaccine, CNN reported. At least six people had similar reactions to the Pfizer vaccine.

Sadrzadeh’s heart rate spiked and his blood pressure tanked, he told CNN. He used his EpiPen, and his colleagues at Boston Medical Center took him to the emergency room.

“I want [people] to carry their EpiPen if they have it at home and also inform the person that is administering that injection to them that they have a severe allergic reaction,” Sadrzadeh told the Boston Globe. “I knew the symptoms. I had the experience. I was a physician, and I was scared to death. Imagine someone who does not have the information.”

Sadrzadeh has a serious shellfish allergy, according to CNN. He told the network he was concerned about receiving the vaccine, especially after he heard of the rare adverse reaction’s to Pfizer’s shot.

More than 1 million people have received the first of two required doses of a COVID vaccine, either developed by Pfizer or Moderna, according to CDC data. A handful of severe allergic reactions have been reported, including Sadrzadeh’s.

Researchers have not yet figured out what in the vaccine has caused the reactions, CNN reported.

Sadrzadeh praised the team at Boston Medical Center, telling CNN they “responded exceptionally well.” He told Moderna he’d be willing to provide a blood sample to help them investigate, according to the Globe.

More than 330,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19.

Courtesy/Source: NY Daily News