Greece Records First Allergic Reaction After Hundreds Vaccinated Against Covid-19



Allergic reaction
An allergic reaction was experienced by a person receiving the coronavirus vaccine on Monday in Greece. Credit: AMNA

Coronavirus vaccine side effects happen only rarely; however, authorities recorded the first allergic reaction in Greece on Monday. So far 471 people have been vaccinated with the Pfizer/ BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 in Greece.

Health Ministry official Marios Themistokleous said that the allergic reaction has been “successfully dealt with.”

A vaccination campaign is underway in five Athens hospitals and four more will join the inoculation plan in the cities of Thessaloniki, Larissa, Ioannina, and Patras.

Hundreds of thousands of doses

Greece received 83,800 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Tuesday and more deliveries are expected every week.

Authorities say that 419,250 doses will be delivered to the country by the end of January and another 333,450 doses will arrive by the end of February.

By the end of March, Greece will have received 1,255,800 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine doses.

Greece will also receive hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses from Moderna and AstraZeneca after their vaccines are approved by EU authorities.

Since December 26, when the first batch of 9,750 doses arrived in Greece, a number of political leaders have taken the shot to set an example that the vaccine is safe and effective.

Healthcare workers in public hospitals began getting their shots on December 27.

Priority for the vulnerable

The national vaccination plan, dubbed “Eleftheria,” will initially prioritize vaccinations for healthcare and social services staff, as well as the very elderly and retirement home residents and staff, before moving on to other groups considered to be at higher risk.

In the third and final phase, vaccinations will be administered to anyone over 18.

The shots will be administered without charge at special vaccination centers, in two doses given 21-28 days apart.

Side Effects from Coronavirus Vaccine

Covid-19 vaccines can cause a slight fever, headache, fatigue, a sore arm or chills, especially after the second dose. Other, more severe reactions, are extremely rare, scientists say.

The documentation provided by Pfizer and Moderna to the Food and Drug Administration notes that both vaccines have side effects — minor ones that fade after roughly two days,  occurring in substantial percentages of people who received them in the trials —and few serious reactions have been reported.

Commonly reported side effects of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine include fatigue, headache, and muscle pain.

Fatigue has been reported by roughly 63 percent of research subjects who received the vaccine, while headache and muscle pain have affected about 55 and 38 percent of participants, respectively. In most cases, those symptoms have been mild and resolved within a day or so.

Smaller numbers of participants reported chills, joint pain, or fever following vaccination.

Participants were more likely to report such symptoms following the second dose of the vaccine.