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Health Canada warns people with allergies to COVID-19 vaccine ingredients

Last Updated Dec 12, 2020 at 8:46 am PDT

A nurse prepares a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy's Hospital in London, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)

With vaccinations against COVID-19 in Canada set to begin on Monday, the federal health agency is warning that people with allergies to any of the vaccine’s ingredients should not receive it.

Health Canada says two people in the United Kingdom had severe allergic reactions to the Pfizer vaccine. The agency says both individuals recovered and had histories of severe allergic reactions.

Meanwhile, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said in a post on Twitter that the federal government will send more Canadian Forces members to help the Shamattawa First Nation fight a COVID-19 outbreak.

Troops arrived in the fly-in community in northern Manitoba earlier this week. Around a quarter of its population has tested positive for COVID-19.

Ontario is reporting 1,873 new cases of COVID-19 today and 17 additional deaths associated with the virus.

Quebec is reporting 1,898 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 40 additional deaths linked to COVID-19.