BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO
THE country has recorded one case of a serious anaphylactic reaction to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said the case was witnessed in the Shortland Vaccination roll out.
“I am duty bound to inform you that we witness our first serious anaphylactic reaction to the AstraZeneca vaccine in the Shortland Vaccination roll out.
“The reaction was diagnosed very quickly and was treated promptly by the Medical team.
“The lady recovered all her vital signs, pulse, and blood pressure sensation within an hour,” he said.
Sogavare said Anaphylaxis is described by doctors as a severe form of an allergic reaction to something – in this case the AstraZeneca vaccine.
He said like any other medicine the AstraZeneca vaccine has its side effects in this case it was severe and the more common side effects very mild and non-specific like dizziness and headaches.
Sogavare said the key is recognising the side effects when the anaphylactic reaction occurs and treating them promptly and appropriately.
“I commend health team for the excellent job in identifying and treating the anaphylactic reaction in the lady resulting in immediate dull recovery,” he said
Sogavare adds, more than 13,000 people across the country have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccines and vaccination for Honiara and Malaita Outer Islands have closed.
“Will advise in due cause when further vaccination in these two location will recommence. Vaccination in Choiseul and Western will continue,” he said.