Nurse in hospital after COVID vaccine anaphylactic reaction
A Gold Coast nurse had to be rushed to hospital after she went into anaphylactic shock shortly after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine today.
The nurse, who has a history of anaphylaxis suffered a reaction after they were given the Pfizer vaccine at Gold Coast University Hospital.
Queensland Health confirmed the person was given the appropriate medical care and recovered quickly.
"Anaphylaxis has been identified as a possible side effect from any vaccination. Staff are well prepared for this and stringent processes are in place to manage such reactions," Queensland Health told the Courier Mail.
"After receiving the vaccine, recipients are observed for 15 minutes or 30 minutes if they have identified a history of anaphylaxis in the screening process.
"The response was prompt and effective and the patient received the appropriate treatment and has since recovered."
On Thursday, Queensland detected seven new COVID-19 cases in hotel quarantine.
Two of the new cases are linked to the Qatar Airways flight QR898 from Doha to Brisbane that arrived on February 17.
Both are close contacts of a previously reported case linked to this flight and are sharing the same room during quarantine. Genomic testing is currently underway for both these cases.
The three reported cases on Wednesday have all been confirmed as the B1.1.317 variant, also referred to as the Russian COVID-19 strain.
Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the source of infection for these cases was currently under investigation and Queensland Health was taking a cautious approach.
"All of these positive cases were on flight QR898 and two of them were serving their quarantine period in adjacent rooms on the same floor of the Mercure Brisbane Hotel at North Quay," Dr Young said.
"We are being very cautious and thorough and are investigating all potential possibilities for infection.
"What we do know is that one of the cases confirmed with this variant was infectious on the plane, and we believe that individual was more infectious than most cases.
"Another of the cases was not seated near this person on the plane but was in the hotel room next to them at the Mercure Brisbane Hotel, so that's why we are looking into if any transmission occurred within the hotel quarantine system."
Dr Young said authorities don't believe there is a risk to the community at this time.
However, as a precaution, anyone who served a quarantine period on Floor 8 of the Mercure Brisbane Hotel at North Quay between February 18 and 21 and has since left quarantine have been urged to immediately get tested.
Anyone in this group is being told to isolate for 14 days since they left the hotel or until March 7, whichever is sooner.
"Anyone who is currently quarantining at the Mercure Brisbane Hotel at North Quay and was in a room on Floor 8 between 18 to 21 February will need to have their quarantine extended until 12.01am on 8 March 2021," Dr Young said.
"As advised yesterday, all travellers from flight QR898 are also required to quarantine until 12.01am, 8 March 2021 in their respective hotels.
Originally published as Nurse in hospital after COVID vaccine