· The only people at higher risk for serious COVID vaccine allergy are those who’ve had
severe reactions to a vaccine or drug injection in the past.
· Fortunately, allergies to foods, medications, allergy shots, hay fever or bee stings do not
increase risk of the vaccine.
· The rate of allergic reactions to the COVID vaccine is about 5 per million.
· Severe allergic reactions to a vaccine or injectable medication.
· Reactions within 4 hours of a vaccine.
· Severe reactions to polyethylene glycol (PEG) or polysorbate 80, vaccine preservatives commonly used in medications and foods, colonoscopy bowel preps & Miralax laxative.
· A reaction to your first dose of COVID vaccine.
· Screening patients for previous severe reactions to any component of the vaccine.
· Vaccinating only in presence of equipped medical professionals.
· Observing patients for 15 minutes after vaccination -- 30 minutes for those with previous injected drug or vaccine allergy.
· Not revaccinating patients who had severe reactions to COVID dose #1 – unless approved by a qualified allergist.
· American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, ACAAI.org
· Centers for Disease Control, CDC.gov