Allergies and the COVID vaccine: is there anything to worry about?

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Allergies and the COVID vaccine: is there anything to worry about?

If anything encapsulates 2021, it’s the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. After 2020, this year has certainly felt more hopeful thanks to the tireless efforts of the medical community. But some people have hesitancy about the vaccine or booster shots, unaware of how it might affect them.

This includes those with allergies. As vaccines can be made with a number of ingredients, some people have wanted to wait until they’re 100% sure it won’t lead to a reaction. Now we have studies that show the risk to people with allergies is low. If you’re still unsure, here’s what the research has to say.

If you want to read more about it yourself, you can find the government’s report on the matter here. The results are in relation to the most popular vaccines: Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Moderna.

Can you be allergic to the ingredients?

Certain substances will cause people to have an allergic reaction. When it comes to a vaccine, there are a few in particular that might make you worried. But going by the report, there’s very little to worry about.

If you have an allergy to penicillin, you don’t have to worry. Similarly, there has been no statistically significant reports of people with severe food allergies reacting to any vaccine. This includes eggs – none of the vaccines contain any.

What about the equipment used?

Latex is a concern for some and it can cause awful skin reactions. It’s also used as a material in some medical devices, especially stoppers in vials. But none of the vaccines use latex for storing or administering the shot.

If you have an allergy to something like pollen or dust mites, there’s also no need to worry.

What if I had a skin reaction to the first dose?

In rare cases, some people may have reported patches of itchy skin after their first dose. Going by the government’s advice (linked above), you should still get your second dose. Though when you do, it should be under prolonged observation, in a setting capable of dealing with any reactions.

How common are severe reactions to vaccines?

Severe reactions are few and far between. Only 1 case per 1 million has led to anaphylaxis in the UK between 1997 and 2003. It wasn’t fatal. The COVID vaccines are likely to be at just as low a rate.

Something to note is that a side effect of the vaccine – such as swelling around the injection site or flu-like symptoms – can be confused with allergic reactions. Just keep this in mind when you have your vaccine.

You can find a lot more information in the government report linked at the start. If you have any allergies and are worried about a potential vaccine or booster shot, tell the people giving you the injection. The more information they have, the more they can do to keep you safe. Always talk to a medical professional first.

Other than that, make sure to get vaccinated, stay safe, and let’s make 2022 an even better year than this one!

If you ever have any allergy concerns, get in touch with one of our specialists. They will talk you through any questions you might have. Reach out to us on 02031 433 449.

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