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What to do if you are allergic to the Covid vaccine

Rachel Mills
Updated: March 09, 2021 05:18 PM
Created: March 09, 2021 04:02 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Some people do experience an allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis, after getting the Covid vaccine, but it's pretty rare.

"The risk of anaphylaxis is very low, and it's something that we can calculate. On the order of about two to not quite five per million," Dr. Gregory Poland, director of Mayo Clinic's vaccine research group, said. 

Dr. Poland also said this is something all vaccine providers are prepared for.

"These happen right away and generally within 30 minutes, which is the time we recommend people stay for observation," Dr. Poland said.

He said the average allergic reaction happens about seven to ten minutes after getting the shot, and healthcare providers are trained to recognize and treat these reactions right away.

According to health experts, if you have been allergic to vaccines in the past, there is a good chance you may be allergic to the Covid vaccines. And if you're allergic to Moderna and Pfizer, you are also probably allergic to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine as well. 

But what if you still want to be vaccinated?

"What we would do is administer the vaccine in a controlled setting where we could recognize and treat any allergic reaction that could come along," Dr. Poland said. 

He also said death from an allergic reaction is extremely rare and anaphylaxis is easy to treat. Still, this is something you should decide with your doctor, according to health experts.  

"They may need to even check with an allergist or someone like that to be able to find out for sure if they can have that vaccine and have that final decision made. Because there's such a shortage of vaccines, people don't really have a choice in the general population as to which vaccination they can get," Sue Yost, director of Freeborn County Public Health, said. 

If you think you might be allergic to the Covid vaccine, which is rare, you should get tested by your doctor and decide what is best for you.

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