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Allergic reactions to Covid-19 vaccines

Date: 06 January 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Concerns have been raised in US and other countries over reports that some people have possible allergic reactions to Covid-19 vaccines.

 

Background

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.

 

Details

  • 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.