Dr. Jen Ashton receives her 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine

ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton details getting her first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine and addresses concerns about taking it.
5:29 | 12/21/20

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And let's bring in ABC news medical correspondent doctor Jennifer ashen now who just got her first does. The cove a vaccine this morning some doctors at the hospital where she performed surgeries. Had already received did doctor Ashton was in the second group and she's joining us now live to share more about her experience. That's your daddy didn't worry icu showing it off loud and proud how do you feel. I feel great Diane. Boy it was an emotional morning for sure. As you mentioned I received the vaccine at my hospital angle would help in Englewood New Jersey. Where I perform surgery I was in group two. So I had to wait through all the people in group one who were offered their spot I got the text email notification on Thursday night. Saying might turn was up I immediately jumped to register at times slide. And their vaccination process is going really smoothly they're starting group three. I believe tomorrow and dumb I just feel an incredible sense of gratitude to the people who. Work to develop this vaccine who participated in the clinical trials. And for all the people who have lost loved ones to Kobe nineteen this vaccine. Will hopefully eventually put an end to that. And one of the things I find really interesting is we've heard so much about allergic reactions and help people who have severe allergic reactions might not want to get the vaccine or should talk to their doctor. And you actually have had severe reactions. To food allergies so how did you make the decision to get this vaccine anyway. So I'm getting so many questions about this on my answer I'm Diane and greatly so there are a lot of people in this country who have allergies to foods or drugs. Number one let's talk about big picture view background risk of an allergic reaction a serious one following any immunization. Is stated at an estimated one point three cases per one million doses. What do we know about this vaccine. Well obviously it's just starting to be administered so the CDC released numbers just yesterday saying out of 272000. Doses. They of six reports of severe alert allergic reactions. That breaks it down doing some simple maps to a risk so far. Of one in 45004. Mean for you for the average person the risk of coded. Way higher than one at a 45000. So for me it was a very easy way to make the decision also. The American college the college of asthma allergy and immunology says. That even for people with serious allergies to foods or medications or drugs. They are at no higher risk than the general population to this particular vaccine if you know you're allergic to the ingredient polyethylene glycol. That you should not get this vaccine but otherwise I had my epi pens ready it was in a medically supervised. Area obviously in a hospital there were paramedics are there for every one who were waiting their fifteen to thirty minutes. And I did consult my personal allergist you know even doctors have doctors who recommended that I take an over the counters or attack. About an hour before which I did but I was not worried I feel totally fine and for me that risk vs risk. No question which direction I was gone ago. Very well explain and we should mention that Edmund major pharmacies people think all while that's in the hospital but what I get an a pharmacy. Even the pharmacist who regularly administer vaccines have experience on dealing with. Allergic reactions so arena is it is worth noting that even the pharmacies are prepared to deal with this kind of thing. And that's correct they have a they have at an effort not challenge actors witches are reminded to every one to be used as first line. For an allergic reaction but again. The risk is very low however people need to understand that as we start setting up upon this path to vaccine 8100000200. Million Americans. We are gonna see more reports of allergic reactions. The key is whether you can anticipate them. Appropriately deal with them in a medical sense. And again how high that is compared to a background risk of severe allergic reaction and that is going to be tracked. Very very closely and it used a little bit emotional right after getting this vaccine how significant was it for you. To have that moment finally here. Hunt Diana. Well you know that I'm a mom of two I'm the only parent might kids have and I didn't realize it until that Neil was in my arm. That this whole year while reporting on this story while taking care of my patients I had really suppressed my own fear. Of getting coded and potentially dying bid. I'm not worried about dying because if you're dead you're dead but I am worried about leaving my kids without a parent so. For me that that was what was going through my mind when I got this vaccine is that. Obviously Al dives something else but I'm not gonna die of coded an ad. As a mom now is that. On this journey as well so many people have so many questions about this vaccine and like so many other things in this pandemic you have been at the forefront of answering those questions for all of us doctor Jan thank you. Thanks Diane. Much less to you.

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