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Updates as of July 26, 2022:

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 ages 6 months and older. There are currently four vaccines available: Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax, and Johnson & Johnson (J&J). The CDC also recommends that people ages 5 and older get booster shots after completing the primary series, or first dose(s).

The CDC has released guidelines on who should or should not receive the vaccine and who should get additional primary shots and booster doses.

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A chart of the COVID-19 vaccine schedule from the CDC

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Source: CDC; Reference to specific commercial products, manufacturers, companies, or trademarks does not constitute its endorsement or recommendation by the U.S. Government, Department of Health and Human Services, or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; This chart is available on the CDC website free of charge.

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 a COVID-19 vaccine. They do not contain any food, latex, or preservatives.

Everyone 6 months 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 to find out where to get the COVID-19 vaccine near you.

As our asthma and food allergy community have questions about the pandemic and the vaccine, we will be keeping information updated on our AAFA 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 July 2022

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