Like many Americans, if you have allergies, you may be worried about getting the Covid-19 vaccine. Although there have been a few serious reactions after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, the CDC and the American College of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (as well as many other leading medical organizations) recommend getting this vaccine.
Let’s break it down:
Recent data shows that out of over 2.1 million people who had received a Covid-19 vaccine in the United States, about 11 people had a severe allergic reaction. Each was treated and has recovered. Individuals need to weigh this risk with the information available about Covid-19. Even though the majority of people with Covid-19 survive, over 370,000 people in the U.S. have died from Covid-19 thus far, any many continue to suffer from longer term symptoms.
People with common allergies to medications, foods, inhalants, insects, and latex are probably no more likely than the general public to have an allergic reaction to the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.
If you have had a severe allergic reaction to any vaccine in the past, you should be evaluated by a board certified allergist prior to receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.
As a board certified allergist/immunologist, Dr. Berlin strongly recommends that his patients – and everyone else – get the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available to them.
The State of New Jersey is preparing to mass distribute the Covid-19 vaccine to its citizens. To pre-register for the Covid-19 vaccine in New Jersey, go to this link: