COVID-19 Vaccine and Allergies

Many people still have questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Especially for people with allergies, the choice of whether or not to get the vaccine can be a complex one. However, the CDC has provided thorough information about the COVID-19 vaccine and allergies so that you can make the right choice for your health. 

Severe vs. Immediate Allergic Reaction

Allergic reactions are considered severe if the person needs epinephrine (EpiPen) treatment or hospitalization. This is called anaphylaxis. An allergic reaction is considered immediate if it occurs within 4 hours of receiving the vaccination. Immediate allergic reactions may involve swelling, hives, and wheezing, among other symptoms. 

What This Means For The COVID-19 Vaccine

People who have had a severe or immediate allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) shouldn’t receive either of these vaccines. Similarly, if you’ve had a severe or immediate reaction to any of the ingredients in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you shouldn’t get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

If you can’t receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines due to an ingredient allergy, you should talk to your doctor about other vaccination options. 

What If I Had a Reaction To The First Dose?

If you had an allergic reaction to the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, you shouldn’t get the second shot. Instead, talk to your doctor about receiving a different type of COVID-19 vaccine. 

What About My Other Allergies?

People who have had severe allergic reactions to non-vaccine substances, like foods, pets, environmental factors, or latex, are still recommended to get vaccinated by the CDC. This also goes for people who have had allergic reactions to oral medications or those with a family history of severe allergies. 

Dr. Jamie Kratz at Kratz Allergy & Asthma is a leading allergist in Port Richey and Odessa. If you have questions about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, Dr. Kratz can evaluate your existing allergies and help you make the right choice. Reach out to us today for an appointment.