The Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated on Saturday that they learned of severe allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine, and now recommends if a person has “ever had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in a COVID-19 vaccine,” then they “should not get that specific vaccine.”
“CDC recommends that people with a history of severe allergic reactions not related to vaccines or injectable medications—such as allergies to food, pet, venom, environmental, or latex—may still get vaccinated,” the CDC stated on their website.
“People with a history of allergies to oral medications or a family history of severe allergic reactions, or who might have an milder allergy to vaccines (no anaphylaxis)—may also still get vaccinated.”
The CDC recommends consulting your doctor about whether or not you should get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Despite the new warning, adverse reactions to the vaccine have been exceedingly rare, as there have been just six allergic reactions recorded out of 272,000 shots given.
The FDA has said it will monitor any allergic reactions closely as the vaccines roll out and may need to modify its guidance going forward.
“We will learn a lot more as we follow the use of this vaccine very carefully,” Cohn said.