Though it’s been more than a year since COVID-19 was first reported in the U.S., there is still a lot we don’t know about the virus. Fortunately, a limited number of vaccines are now available that have been shown in clinical trials to be safe and effective. If you’re asking whether it’s safe to get the vaccine if you have allergies or asthma, we have answers below.
Warnings for People with Allergies & Asthma
If you’re concerned about getting the vaccine because you have allergies or asthma, it may be in part due to a broad warning the United Kingdom issued on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine back in December.
This warning was issued because two people had experienced adverse reactions to the vaccine. Initially after these reactions, the U.K. stopped administering vaccines to people with a history of severe allergies. However, the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has since updated their guidelines, stating only people with specific allergies should avoid the vaccine.
According to Dr. June Raine, MHRA’s Chief Executive, “Anaphylaxis is a known, although very rare, side effect with any vaccine. Most people will not get anaphylaxis and the benefits in protecting people against COVID-19 outweigh the risks.”
Who Is & Isn’t Safe to Get the Vaccine?
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has published guidelines for who can safely get the vaccine, who should consult their doctor and who should avoid the vaccine.
Get the Vaccine If…
- You are 16 or older (Pfizer-BioNTech), or 18 or older (Moderna)
- You are pregnant/nursing
- You have other medical conditions, including asthma
- You have a compromised/suppressed immune system
- You have allergies to foods, pet dander, insects, venom, pollen, dust, latex or oral medicines
- You have a non-serious allergy to other vaccines
- You have a family history of anaphylaxis to anything other than a vaccine/injectable medicine
Talk to Your Doctor If…
- You have a moderate or acute illness
- You are currently ill with COVID-19
- You have a history of anaphylaxis to a vaccine/injectable medicine
- You have a history of an allergic reaction to PEG or polysorbate
Avoid the Vaccine If…
- You have had a severe or immediate allergic reaction to a previous dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
- You have a known allergy to any of the COVID-19 vaccine ingredients
Even if you get the vaccine, it’s important to continue following hygiene and social distancing guidelines to protect others; however, it does mean you’re one step closer to being able to enjoy parties at Slowdown once again.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Central Plains ENT today.