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2 North Dakotans have suspected allergic reaction to vaccine

December 31, 2020 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health has reported two suspected severe allergic reactions to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

The Bismarck Tribune reported that the two people had no history of anaphylactic reactions. The incidents were unrelated.

Neither person was hospitalized, and they have both since recovered.

The allergic reactions occurred during a 15-minute post-vaccine observation period recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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State health officials said anaphylactic reactions after being vaccinated are rare. For other vaccines, they occur at a rate of one per 1 million doses.

The state is currently vaccinating health care workers and long-term care residents. More than 13,000 people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in North Dakota.

State health officials on Thursday reported 303 new cases and 10 additional deaths due to complications from the coronavirus.

The state’s death toll since the pandemic began was 1,292 on Thursday.

The number of hospitalizations due to complications from the coronavirus has remained below 100 for only the second time in more than three months.

The number of people receiving treatment in medical facilities dropped by two in the last day, for a total of 94. The hospitalizations were last in double figures on Sept. 24 and topped 300 for more than a week in mid-November.

The state’s hospital tracker shows there were 37 staffed intensive care unit beds and 330 staffed inpatient beds available throughout North Dakota as of Wednesday.