Concerns have been raised in US and other countries over reports that some people have possible allergic reactions to Covid-19 vaccines.
A team of experts has now examined the relevant information and offered reassurance that the vaccines can be given safely, even to people with food or medication allergies.
The allergic reactions to vaccines in general are rare, with a rate of about 1.3 per 1 million people.
Experts stress that Covid-19 vaccine clinics will be monitoring all patients for 15 to 30 minutes and can manage any allergic reactions that occur.
They recommend that individuals with a history of anaphylaxis to an injectable drug or vaccine containing the compounds polyethylene glycol or polysorbate discuss with their allergists before being vaccinated.
They stress that patients with severe allergies to foods, oral drugs, latex, or venom can safely receive the Covid-19 vaccines.
They also outline steps on safely receiving the second dose in individuals who develop a reaction to their first dose.
In the UK, following accounts of potential allergic reactions in some people following vaccination, the medical authorities advised that individuals with a history of anaphylaxis to a medicine or food should avoid Coid-19 vaccination.