Informed Choice Iowa published a Facebook post late Sunday night expressing concern that of the seven adverse reactions reported from Iowa into the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), none are a report on the nurse who suffered anaphylaxis from the Moderna vaccine in northern Iowa.
WHO-TV reported Tiffini Toliver, a nurse practitioner for Iowa Speciality Hospitals & Clinics in Clarion, suffered a severe allergic reaction to the Moderna vaccine.
Toliver told WHO-TV she felt like she could not swallow, her tongue felt fat and her throat started feeling scratchy. Then she experienced a tingling sensation from head to tie with a skyrocketing heart rate.
After two doses of epinephrine, Benadryl and a steroid, she felt a bit better, the story said.
An hour later, however, she experienced a second wave of the same reaction.
“I seriously looked up to Regina and said, ‘Don’t let me die.’ I honestly felt like I was dying,” she said.
For what it is worth, Toliver says she doesn’t regret receiving the shot.
Research suggests just one percent of all vaccine-related injuries are reported. The fact that a health care professional’s own incident has yet to be reported — at least according to records — brings into question if health care professionals are reporting incidents that occur to others.
If you’re curious, and since you are here, let’s look at the events that have been reported.
INCIDENT 1: Patient was given COVID injection. Developed numbness and tingling inside bicep, slurred speech.
INCIDENT 2: Shortly after patient received vaccine became flushed, bottom lip went numb, vitals were within normal limits. 9-1-1 was called and the patient went to ER to be monitored.
INCIDENT 3: Stayed for 15 minutes after the vaccine was given and no reaction was noted. She left. States she got into her car about 20 minutes after the vaccine and started to “itch” all over and noted “red bumps” on the back of her neck. Flushed face by the time she arrived home, but remained afebrile.
INCIDENT 4: Patient felt jaw pain, a strange taste and numbness in her right arm.
INCIDENT 5: During the administration of the vaccine, patient developed a wheal at injection site. Pressure and massage reduced the wheal.
INCIDENT 6: Patient showed for COVID vaccine No. 1. Received immunization in left deltoid. Minutes later felt numbness in arm, then a lump in the throat. Stated weakness in the legs. After 30 minutes and no relief, patient was wheeled to urgent care and treated.
INCIDENT 7: Numbness to right ear and in front of ear. Right ear feels plugged. Very sore left arm injection site.