‘Is the Covid vaccine safe for people with allergies like hayfever and conjunctivitis?’ – Miriam Stoppard

Some of my pals have been asking me if they’ll have the Covid vaccination if they’ve allergies like hayfever. The ­answer is, sure, they’ll, regardless of ­considerations being raised when two healthcare staff had reactions to the jab in December.

However, each had a ­historical past of extreme allergies and even carried EpiPens for emergencies.

At the finish of December, the Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Agency issued a press release after reviewing greater than 1,000,000 doses right here and in North America.

It stated there was no proof of an elevated danger of an allergic response to the Pfizer vaccine, the solely preclusion being people who’re allergic to vaccines themselves.

An allergy would not cease you from having the vaccine

I can not stress strongly sufficient that allergy doesn’t prohibit vaccination except that allergy is to a vaccine or to its elements.

As Rebecca E Glover and colleagues from London School of Hygiene & Tropical ­Medicine, UCLH London and Harvard Medical School, US, say in the BMJ, the reporting of any allergy as a ­cause to not vaccinate could be regarding as a result of 20-40% of the inhabitants in the UK and US has not less than one type of allergy. That consists of hayfever, conjunctivitis, allergic bronchial asthma, eczema and contact dermatitis, meals allergy, and urticaria brought on by meals.

Another concern is that the public’s acceptance of a Covid-19 vaccine appears to be waning. Initially acceptance ranged up 90% however it had dipped to 64% by July 2020.

Most worrying of all, vaccine ­hesitancy appears to be highest in ethnic minority communities, the most weak to Covid. It appears to me we’ve to be ­clear with everybody about the science behind allergies and vaccination as a result of, generally, it’s reassuring.

The necessary message is having a extreme allergy doesn’t preclude ­vaccination except that allergy is to the vaccine itself or its parts.

It’s essential this message will get out clearly and overtly as a primary step in approaching vaccine hesitancy. The public may acquire in confidence if vaccinators have been ready to be open, clarify the distinction between extreme, average and gentle allergies, and make clear MHRA’s determination-making.

A fear is that people’s views about Covid vaccines might switch to different vaccines like childhood immunisation, so it’s important to maintain the strains of communication open, and if ­vaccination is declined, there’s no place for coercion. People ought to be reassured they’ll return.

The excellent news is it could be doable to vaccinate people with allergies to vaccine parts. Allergists can assess sufferers with an allergy to a vaccine and decide if they are often ­vaccinated with a routine 15 or half-hour of statement or they’ll have a pores and skin check earlier than vaccination.

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