With the new Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine available in the UK, there have been 2 reported cases of allergic reactions in patients with allergy history. We do not currently have all the details of these 2 reactions, and it is unknown if these were immediate or delayed responses.
We want to provide information on what we currently know:
-- There is concern regarding contraindication for Covid-19 vaccination and patients with food allergies, but we want to reassure our patients and parents that there is no need to worry as specific details of the reactions are unknown currently.
-- According to the MHRA in the UK (similar to CDC in US) and British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, patients with a food allergy or a single medication allergy are not believed to be at significantly increased risk of an allergic reaction to the vaccine.
When the vaccine becomes available in the US, we will evaluate the recommendations and regulations for all patients. There is a possibility our allergy clinic may give the vaccine once available and observe patients in clinic for a period of time. (For example, there was previous contraindication for flu vaccination in patients with history of severe egg allergy.
Current recommendations from organizations, such as the CDC and American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) are that these patients can safely receive the flu shot in a medical setting.) Allergists are well-trained to recognize, counsel and handle allergic reactions and anaphylaxis.
We will update as more information becomes available.
Your Freedom Allergy team