Toni Lannigan is a young woman who got hospitalized over a COVID-19 vaccine allergy. She got her COVID-19 vaccine last week. In fact, the 32-year-old had no known allergies. However, she would feel slightly unwell after flu shots. To prevent risks, the staff at King’s County Memorial Hospital in Montague, P.E.I., asked her to wait for 30 minutes instead of the usual 15. Sadly, after she received Pfizer-BioNTech shot, Lannigan became very ill. The roof of her mouth itched, followed by a tongue swelling and confusion.
Hospitalized Over Vaccine Allergy
Fortunately, the staff rushed her to the emergency department. Her heart began to race, blood pressure dropped drastically, and she began having pelvic pains. The staff administered epinephrine, she started to shake uncontrollably. Epinephrine is a drug for treating severe allergic reactions. Afterward, the ambulance took her to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown.
The hospital released Lannigan after two days. Her blood results improved, her heart returned to normal, and she started to feel better. However, back home in Montague, she still has blurred vision in one eye. She feels weak, very nervous, and jumpy. Her headaches, she has no appetite, and she is having sleeping problems. “Do I feel like myself? Absolutely not. I’m a very bubbly kind of girl — I don’t feel that. I feel very nervous or on edge, and I don’t know why,” said Lannigan.
Despite the fact that she was hospitalized over the vaccine, Lannigan still trusts the healthcare system of Canada. She works in this system and knows that allergic reactions to vaccines, medications, or foods are rare. She encourages people to receive COVID-19 vaccines and be aware of whether they might be allergic to the shot.
Montreal-based geneticist and bioethicist Fatima Tokhmafshan has been combating misinformation about COVID_19 on social media. She helped launch COVID-19 Resources Canada. It is a group that holds video meetings to let experts address people’s questions about COVID-19. According to her, it is normal to be anxious about the vaccine, but people also must know that adverse effects are extremely rare. Many health officials claim that vaccine benefits outweigh risks.