A team of allergists from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have come up with a new update on how safe vaccines are for them and who should consult an allergist.
In addition to new guidance on the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, this update also includes the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.
Only some people with a history of high-risk allergies need to consult an allergist before getting vaccinated for COVID-19, new research suggests published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.
Scientists have updated their previous guidelines after analyzing data from more than 65,000 people who had been fully vaccinated.
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In contrast, people with severe allergies to food, oral medications, latex, bee stings, or venom can safely receive Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson / Janssen vaccines for coronavirus, according to the study.
Researchers note that severe allergic reactions to vaccines are extremely rare. However, vaccination centers should continue to monitor high-risk people for 30 minutes after vaccination. They should also have staff trained to recognize and manage allergic reactions.
The study authors also suggest some changes in the way patients with a history of allergies are evaluated before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. This should include clear and simple questions aimed at identifying those who are eligible for all coronavirus vaccines, without the need for an allergist evaluation.