Sofia Gomes of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire believes she had a “severe allergic reaction” which she experienced a few hours after the vaccination on May 19th.
A 43-year-old woman claims to be unable to speak after the second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
Sofia Gomes, of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, believes she had a “severe allergic reaction” that prevented her from speaking a few hours after she was vaccinated on May 19.
Doctors at King’s Lynn Hospital in Norfolk, where she went after developing the strange reaction, were “baffled” after scanning her throat and finding nothing wrong, she said.
She stayed in the hospital for a week and was examined by several specialists who could not explain her condition but, according to Ms. Gomes, said it may have been caused by the vaccine.
But a university professor in Edinburgh said her loss of voice was likely a coincidence.
The UK Medicines Agency MHRA said there was “no evidence” that Ms. Gomes’ loss of voice was linked to the vaccine.
She was told her voice will return and await speech therapy from the NHS.
Common side effects of vaccination include a sore arm where the vaccine was injected, headache, muscle pain, and fatigue. The vaccination has also been linked to low platelet counts and an extremely low risk of blood clots.
The UK Medicines Agency MHRA said there was “no evidence” that Ms. Gomes’ loss of voice was linked to the vaccine. She was told her voice will return and await speech therapy from the NHS
Sofia Gomes, 43, believes she had an allergic reaction to the Oxford jab that prevented her from speaking
The Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) states that anyone who has language difficulties about four days after AstraZeneca should seek urgent medical advice.
In that case, a spokesman said the loss of voice is not a known side effect of the Oxford shock and there is “no evidence that any such reports are linked to vaccination”.
Reports of a suspected reaction to a vaccine don’t necessarily mean it was caused by the vaccine, as underlying or previously undiagnosed diseases could be a factor, they said.
Known side effects of Covid vaccines
The most common side effects of the Covid vaccinations are a sore arm from the vaccination, fatigue, headache, pain, fever and nausea.
These symptoms usually appear one to two days after vaccination.
The NHS recommends treating these reactions with acetaminophen if necessary.
Serious allergic reactions are rare and usually occur within minutes of vaccination.
The vaccines can help keep people from getting sick or dying from Covid-19, so the benefits of vaccination outweigh any risks.
The MHRA and researchers are continuing to investigate links between Oxford-AstraZeneca and very rare blood clots.
Ms. Gomes, an artist from Portugal, has no underlying health problems and wrote that she felt “really frustrated, angry and afraid of the future”.
The reaction has prevented her from speaking to her fiancé and her six children, ages 19-19.
“I try to be positive about my family, but I am really worried and that has influenced me a lot.
“I feel bad that I can’t help my baby develop his language and one of my sons is autistic so it was difficult not to communicate with him properly.
“I miss reading stories to my children and singing to them at night, and I miss being able to call my family in Portugal.
“I have a really hard time expressing my feelings when I can just write things down in a notepad.”
Her fiancé Victor Plowman said Ms. Gomes was frustrated and cried because she could not speak.
“She wrote things on a piece of paper and sometimes she points or points to indicate what she wants.
“But it was really difficult for her because she can’t communicate properly with the kids.”
Ms. Gomes responded to her first sting on March 1 and had a high fever and pain in her legs. On the evening of her second thrust, she wasn’t feeling well and could only whisper something to her partner.
He said she had started to cling to her tonsils and neck.
“We thought she was having an allergic reaction – so I called her an ambulance and she drove to the hospital.”
Ms. Gomes said people should “still have a vaccine,” but said they should be aware of any possible side effects or risks beforehand.
Professor Neil Mabbott, professor of immunopathology at the University of Edinburgh, told MailOnline that, to the best of his knowledge, there have been “no credible reports” of voice loss after vaccination.
There have been “very rare cases” of anaphylaxis – a severe allergic reaction that can lead to fainting, difficulty breathing, and a fast heartbeat – after one of the RNA-based Covid-19 vaccines like Pzifer / BioNTech.
“These typically appear within minutes to an hour after vaccination and can be accompanied by a sore throat, difficulty breathing, hoarseness and a swollen tongue,” he said.
But these go away quickly with treatment, he said.
“It is likely that the loss of voice in this case was a fluke,” he said.
Covid-19 can cause laryngitis, which can cause temporary changes in your voice, and this can take several weeks to resolve, noted Professor Mabbott.
Latest figures from the UK show 4,330 people tested positive for the virus on Wednesday as new infections continued to emerge, while 6 people died, amid concerns about the Indian Delta variant.
Over 40.5 million people have now received their first dose of the vaccine, while 28.2 million have received a second dose.
Over 40.5 million people in the UK have received a first dose of the vaccine while 28.2 million have received a second dose. 4,330 people tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, killing 6 people.