Coronavirus: Experts say only ‘a small group’ shouldn’t get vaccinated against COVID-19 – so who are they?
While some people oppose the vaccine on moral or ethical grounds, there are very few who cannot have it for genuine medical reasons, experts say.
“The only people who should not take this vaccine are those who are allergic to the ingredients in the vaccine,” said Siouxsie Wiles, a microbiologist at the University of Auckland. “Usually it’s something called polyethylene glycol – which is in the little fatty layer the vaccine is wrapped in. It is safe to take this vaccine if you have other allergies – like food allergies. and others.”
Not many people would know if they have this allergy until they get the vaccine. That’s why people are usually held in place for 20 minutes after a jab to make sure everything is okay.
Dr McIntyre said it would only be “a small group”, who should not get at least the first vaccine – who “could have had very bad anaphylaxis, which is a very bad immune response to a vaccine in the past “.
Having another common allergy – like to peanuts or some other food, or latex – isn’t a reason to avoid it, he said, because it doesn’t contain any of these – or any products. of animal origin, antibiotics, DNA, eggs, human embryos, gluten, pork, soy, 5G, microchips or graphene.
Evidence to date suggests that the Pfizer vaccine is also safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women and people with cancer and offers better protection than immunity acquired naturally through infection.