Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have a history of allergic reactions?

Dr. Michael Gardam explains that most people should still be able to get the vaccine, but discuss it with your healthcare provider.

"So, anybody who has a history of a serious allergic reaction with a vaccine they are typically told that they should be discussing their next vaccine with their healthcare provider, just to make sure that they feel it is safe to do. In general there is nothing in these vaccines that should automatically guarantee that somebody with a serious reaction before will get it this time.These vaccines are made differently than many other vaccines that we give so they don't have trace of antibiotics in them and things like that which could invoke an allergic reaction in some people. So by and large the answer is yes, you can get them. You talk it over with your healthcare provider. You make it clear when you get your vaccine that you have had a serious allergic reaction before and their going to monitor you very carefully. Again, worldwide experience, even people with serious reactions to these vaccines, which are very rare, they are treated promptly and everything is fine."

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Published date: 
March 29, 2021
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