EAT THIS, NOT THAT – “I was about to schedule my COVID vaccine appointment,” a friend of ours said the other day, “when my doctor told me I should wait two weeks.”
Why would that happen? Aren’t experts urging everyone to get their COVID vaccine as soon as humanly possible? The reason may surprise you.
So Who Should Not Get Vaccinated Right Away?
Our friend had recently gotten his shingles vaccine. That’s why his doctor told him to wait before getting his COVID vaccine. The CDC says:
“Don’t get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other vaccines.
“Wait at least 14 days after your COVID-19 vaccine before getting any other vaccine, including a flu or shingles vaccine. Or if you have recently received any other vaccine first, wait at least 14 days before getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
“However, if you do get a COVID-19 vaccine within 14 days of another vaccine, you do not need to be revaccinated with either vaccine. You should still complete both vaccine series on schedule.”
Who Should Not Get Vaccinated At All?
Short answer: Kids. “There is no COVID-19 vaccine yet for children under age 16. Several companies have begun enrolling children as young as age 12 in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. Studies including younger children have also begun,” says the Mayo Clinic.
And also anyone allergic to the ingredients in the vaccines, which is unlikely.
What are Your Chances of Having a Life-Threatening Allergic Reaction?
The FDA says:
“No serious, life-threatening allergic reactions occurred in clinical study participants.”
“However, after getting a COVID-19 vaccine in their community, a few people had anaphylaxis (a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction that happens within seconds or minutes of exposure to an allergen).
“Because of this remote chance of severe allergic reaction, health care providers may ask you to stay at the place where you received a vaccine for monitoring for 15 to 30 minutes … ”
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