Published on Jan 22, 2021

Video Transcript

[MUSIC PLAYING] JOHN WHYTE: Can I still get the COVID vaccine if I have allergies?

There have been a few-- very few-- instances of a severe allergic reaction to the current vaccines. These have occurred in people who have a history of severe allergic reactions and carry EpiPens. If you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in a COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC recommends that you should not get that specific vaccine. You can check out the vaccine's ingredients online.

If you've ever had a severe allergic reaction to other vaccines or injectable therapies, you should ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine. Your doctor will help you decide if it's safe for you to get vaccinated. If you have a history of severe allergic reactions not related to vaccines or injectable medications, such as allergies to food, pets, venom, or latex, you can still get vaccinated. People with a history of allergies to oral medications, a family history of severe allergic reactions, or who might have a mild allergy to vaccines with no anaphylaxis, you may also still get vaccinated.

If, for some reason, you have a severe allergic reaction after getting the first shot, you should not get the second shot.

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