Dr Hilary Jones has reassured the public over the coronavirus vaccine, after two people suffered an allergic reaction.
NHS England confirmed that staff members had a reaction following the Pfizer/BioNTech jab this week.
It was reported that regulators had advised people with ‘significant’ allergies not to have the vaccine.
Discussing the news on today’s instalment of Good Morning Britain, Dr Hilary insisted that those reactions are very, very rare.
‘Remember that these two people are completely fine now – they’ve totally recovered now,’ he told hosts Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins.
‘They had an anaphylactoid reaction not an anaphylaxis reaction, so less severe than anaphylaxis itself. But they had a rash, they had a reaction.
‘But we see this in the flu vaccine as well in very, very few people and people who are genuinely allergic to eggs are advised not to have flu vaccine.’
‘It will be the case that with Covid-19 that anyone who’s had anaphylactic reactions or anaphylactoid-type reactions to foods or medicines or vaccines before should not have this Pfizer vaccine,’ Dr Hilary continued.
‘But that’s a very, very tiny minority of people – remember I think that 9,000 jabs were given on the first day and there were two cases of a slight reaction like this.
‘So I don’t think we need to work this up into anything to worry about too much.’
The health expert explained that further precautions will be taken in future.
‘I think when vaccines are delivered now, ongoing in hospitals or clinics or conference centres or by GPs, they will ask people to wait 15 minutes to see that they haven’t had a reaction,’ he added.
‘They will have resuscitation equipment handy just in case, as we normally do.’
Professor Stephen Powis, national medical director for the NHS in England, confirmed this week that the two people who had suffered a reaction had recovered.
He also warned that anyone with severe allergies should not receive this jab.
Official advice states: ‘Any person with a history of a significant allergic reaction to a vaccine, medicine or food (such as previous history of anaphylactoid reaction or those who have been advised to carry an adrenaline autoinjector) should not receive the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine.
‘Resuscitation facilities should be available at all times for all vaccinations.
‘Vaccination should only be carried out in facilities where resuscitation measures are available.’
Good Morning Britain continues on weekdays, from 6am, on ITV.
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