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People With Food Allergies Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

 
Updates as of Oct. 12, 2021:

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). Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is the food allergy division of AAFA.

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 12 years and older. There are currently three vaccines available: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (J&J).

The CDC has released guidelines on who should or should not receive the vaccine.

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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 12 and older now has access to get a free vaccine. The FDA will be reviewing clinical trial data on other age groups soon. If you have not gotten your shot yet, make a plan to get one. Visit vaccine.gov to find out where to get the COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots are also available for the following groups at least six months after they have gotten their second shot:

  • 65 or older
  • 18 and older with a job that exposes you to the coronavirus and puts you at risk for severe complications
  • 18 and older who live in high-risk settings, such as long-term care centers
  • 18 and older with underlying medical conditions, such as moderate-to-severe asthma

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 October 2021

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Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). AAFA is the largest and oldest nonprofit patient organization dedicated to asthma and allergies. KFA educates families and communities with practical food allergy management strategies to save lives and improve the quality of life for children and their families. Our online community includes public blogs. To post a comment, you will need to register or sign in. Registered members have access to additional specialized support forums for food allergies. Registration is free!

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