Can an allergic person take COVID-19 injections? Know what the experts are saying

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As we all move towards vaccination against the deadly COVID-19 virus, a question that often arises in people’s minds is, can allergy sufferers take the Covaxin vaccine now?

This question arises from the fact that when Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin was cleared for restricted emergency use under clinical trial mode in January, recipients were required to complete a form noting whether they had any allergies.

The manufacturer of the vaccine had suggested that if someone had some kind of allergy, then the person should avoid taking the vaccine. As Bharat Biotech provided more data, its vaccine was withdrawn from “clinical trial” mode.

In response to the above question, Dr VK Paul from Niti Aayog stated that if one has a severe allergy problem, it is best to consult a doctor before getting the vaccine. But if it is a common skin allergy problem, then one can take the COVID-19 vaccine without any fear.

Dr VK Paul, however, did not specify the name of any particular vaccine and his remarks were related to COVID-19 vaccines in general. AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria is of the opinion that if one is taking allergy medication, the medication should be continued after vaccination. If an allergic reaction occurs after vaccination, it should be reported to the doctors at the vaccination center.

According to Bharat Biotech, the manufacturer of the vaccine, people with a history of allergies to oral medications or a family history of allergic reactions, or who might have a mild allergy to the vaccines (but not anaphylaxis) can still be vaccinated. But those with known allergies to any component of Covaxin should not take the vaccine, the company said.

Regarding Covishield, the vaccine should not be taken if the first dose of it creates a severe allergic reaction, the Serum Institute of India had revealed in its technical data sheet.

CDC Notice on Allergy and COVID-19 Vaccine

If you have had a severe allergic reaction also known as anaphylaxis after receiving the first injection of a COVID-19 vaccine, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you not receive one. second injection of this vaccine.

The CDC has learned of reports that some people have had a red, itchy, swollen or painful rash where they received the blow known as the “COVID arm.” However, it is recommended that even in this case one should get the second shot at the recommended interval.

Components of Covaxin

6 µg SARS-CoV-2 antigen inactivated by the whole virion (Strain: NIV-2020-770), aluminum hydroxide gel 250 µg, TLR 7/8 agonist (imidazoquinolinone) 15 µg, 2-phenoxyethanol 2 , 5 mg, phosphate buffered saline up to 0.5 ml.

Components of Covishield

L-histidine, L-histidine hydrochloride monohydrate, magnesium chloride hexahydrate, polysorbate 80, ethanol, sucrose, sodium chloride, disodium edetate dihydrate (EDTA).

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