We have updated this blog post to reflect the most recent recommendations from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As more information becomes available, we will continue to update our community.
The COVID-19 vaccine is an important part of reducing the spread of the coronavirus, ending the pandemic, and protecting ourselves and other people. It can reduce your chance of severe COVID-19, hospital stays, and death.
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and easily available throughout the United States for anyone 5 years and older. There are currently three vaccines available: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (J&J). The CDC also recommends that adults age 18 and older get booster shots after completing the primary series, or first dose(s). Teens age 16 to 17 can now also get a Pfizer-BioNTech booster.
The CDC has released guidelines on who should or should not receive the vaccine and who should get additional primary shots and booster doses.
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.
Everyone 5 and older now has access to get a free vaccine. If you have not gotten your shot or your child's shot yet, make a plan to get one. Visit vaccine.gov to find out where to get the COVID-19 vaccine near you.
Additional shots for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and booster shots for certain groups are now available.
As our asthma and food allergy community have questions 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 one important step to help end the pandemic. Keep wearing masks, washing your hands properly, and practicing physical distancing, even if you are fully vaccinated. Continue to follow current CDC guidelines to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Updated December 2021