Allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines rare, unlikely ─Researchers

*Experts state those with food or medication allergies have little to worry about in regard to COVID-19 vaccines

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As a significant move towards preventing further spread of the deadly pandemic, distribution of several COVID-19 vaccines began over the last few weeks, especially Europe and the Americas.

Whereas some consumers have expressed concern over the safety and efficacy of these treatments, findings from a new study should give consumers some peace of mind, according to researchers.

A group of allergists from Massachusetts General Hospital, in the United States, explored the risks of the COVID-19 vaccines for people with food or medication allergies, agency report said.

A senior woman getting vaccinated against COVID-19 in the US

The experts discovered that allergic reactions from the vaccines are unlikely.

They explained that vaccine-related allergic reactions are typically rare, and the COVID-19 vaccines are no exception.

Dr. Aleena Banerji, one of the researchers, said: “As allergists, we want to encourage vaccination by reassuring the public that both FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe.

“Our guidelines are built upon the recommendations of US regulatory agencies and provide clear steps to the medical community on how to safely administer both doses of the vaccine in individuals with allergic histories.”

In terms of minimal vaccine risks, experts recently found that consumers were most worried about a COVID-19 vaccine because of potential side effects ─including allergic reactions.

Now, this team of allergists is working to be as transparent as possible to help ease consumers’ fears.

For starters, the allergists want consumers to know how rare vaccine-related allergic reactions are; just 1.3 out of every one million people vaccinated typically develop an allergic reaction.

Among these are those who are predisposed to food or medication allergies.

Because all current evidence indicates that the COVID-19 vaccine operates under this same low allergic reaction rate, the allergists say that consumers with food or medication allergies are likely safe to be vaccinated as well.

However, the researchers identified two vaccine ingredients ─ polysorbate and polyethylene glycol ─ that could be a cause for concern.

The allergists encourage consumers with a history of anaphylaxis to either of these ingredients to consult with their doctors before getting vaccinated.

It is also noted though these virus vaccines are new, and consumers may be worried about how they will react, the allergists explained that patients are monitored by health professionals for up to a half hour post-vaccination to monitor signs of any allergic reaction.

The experts hope that consumers apply this information to help them in making the best decisions for their health and wellness, as the vaccines become more widely available to more regions and countries across the world.

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