Hospital pauses vaccinations after 4 workers report adverse reactions

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A Chicago-area hospital reportedly halted coronavirus vaccinations late this week after four employees experienced “tingling and elevated heart rate.”

“Since Thursday, four team members at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville experienced reactions shortly after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination. Their symptoms included tingling and elevated heartrates,” station WFLD reported Saturday.

The station added that “the hospital said it is temporarily pausing vaccinations at Condell … to better understand what may have caused the reactions.”

According to Advocate Aurora Health, the hospital’s parent company, eight other vaccination spots in the Prairie State still remain operational.

Moreover, the company added in a statement, the four who experienced symptoms represent fewer than 0.15 percent of the roughly 3,000 who’ve received vaccinations without experiencing any problems.

While that may be true, the four aren’t the only coronavirus vaccination recipients in the country who’ve experienced problems.

Over in Alaska, at least three have experienced allergic reactions to the vaccine.

“A clinician in Fairbanks on Thursday experienced ‘a probable anaphylactic reaction’ about 10 minutes after the injection during an observation period. … The clinician had symptoms of tongue swelling, hoarse voice and difficulty breathing,” CNN reported Friday.

“Earlier in the week, two Alaska health care workers in Juneau also had allergic reactions after Covid-19 injections. The first worker on Tuesday was taken to the emergency room after reporting shortness of breath. … A second worker on Wednesday ‘experienced eye puffiness, light headedness, and scratchy throat ten minutes after being injected with the vaccine.'”

While these cases represent very rare anomalies, they nevertheless raise serious concerns because, one, they contrast the “gimmicky” campaign being used to “advertise” the coronavirus vaccine, and two, there’s no legal recourse for victims.

“The federal government has granted companies like Pfizer and Moderna immunity from liability if something unintentionally goes wrong with their vaccines,” CNBC notes.

“You also can’t sue the Food and Drug Administration for authorizing a vaccine for emergency use, nor can you hold your employer accountable if they mandate inoculation as a condition of employment.”

And so if you’re forced to vaccinate as per your job and you subsequently become sick, that’s mainly on you, though there’s reportedly a congressional-created fund “to help cover lost wages and out-of-pocket medical expenses for people who have been irreparably harmed by a ‘covered countermeasure.'”

The problem, according to CNBC, is that “it is difficult to use and rarely pays” …

The immunity currently enjoyed by Pfizer and Moderna was instituted by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in February and will reportedly last until 2024.

Rogge Dunn, a Dallas labor and employment attorney, suspects Azar instituted the protection because of the coronavirus vaccine’s expedited timeline.

“When the government said, ‘We want you to develop this four or five times faster than you normally do,’ most likely the manufacturers said to the government, ‘We want you, the government, to protect us from multimillion-dollar lawsuits,'” he said to CNBC.

The good news is that the adverse reactions to the coronavirus vaccine seen thus far have all been relatively mild, with no deaths reported — despite claims to the contrary.

Earlier this week a rumor emerged on social media that “one of the first nurses to receive the vaccine in AL is now dead.”

(Source: Facebook)

But in a press release published Wednesday, the Alabama Department of Public Health disputed the rumor’s validity.

“Multiple false posts on Facebook report a death in Alabama in a recipient of COVID-19 vaccine on December 15. The posts are untrue, and no persons who received COVID-19 vaccine in Alabama have died,” the department said.

“The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has reached out to all hospitals in the state which administered the COVID-19 vaccine and confirmed there have been no deaths of vaccine recipients.”

Meanwhile, the number of deaths attributable to the coronavirus itself keeps rising, with the U.S. surpassing 3,600 deaths in a single day this past Wednesday.

It’s hoped that the slow but continued rollout of the coronavirus vaccine will stem the growth in coronavirus cases and deaths, though it may take some time to see the results.

During an interview with NPR earlier this week, Fauci predicted that herd immunity will be achieved by late spring or summer and shared his hope that “some form of normality” will return to the United States by Fall.

“By the time we get to the fall, we can start approaching some degree of relief where the level of infection will be so low in society we can start essentially approaching some form of normality,” he reportedly said.

Vivek Saxena

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