In December 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use from Pfizer-BioNTech (for ages 16 and older) and Moderna vaccine (for ages 18 and older). This is great news in the fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since then, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines on who should or should not receive the vaccine.
The chance of having an allergic or adverse reaction to a vaccine is rare but can happen.
According to the CDC, people with allergies to food, pets, insects, venom, pollen, dust, latex, and oral medicines can safely get the COVID-19 vaccines. They not contain any food, latex, or preservatives.
The vaccines are being given in phases. The vaccine rollout started with health care workers and people in long-term care facilities. As the supply grows, everyone will have a chance to get it, but it will take a few months until the general public will have access to the vaccine.
As our asthma and food allergy community have concerns about the pandemic and the vaccine, we will be keeping information updated on our AAFA.org blog: The COVID-19 Vaccine: The Latest Information for People With Asthma and Allergies. Please follow our blog there for updates from our expert advisors and the CDC.
The vaccine is just one way to help stop the pandemic. We all still need to continue to follow current CDC guidelines to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Updated January 15, 2021