COVID vaccines

Anaphylaxis to the Covid vaccine is extremely rare and a history of food allergy is not a contraindication. Indeed, individuals with allergic reactions to foods, insect venom, oral medications, environmental allergens or gelatin can receive the Covid vaccines (Pfizer, Astra-Zeneca and Moderna) in any setting. None of these Covid vaccines have vial stoppers made from latex and so individuals with a latex allergy can safely receive the Covid vaccine. However, if there has been a history of anaphylaxis (idiopathic, multiple drug classes, vaccine, antibody or medication likely to contain polyethylene glycol), then they should be discussed with an allergy specialist. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both contain polyethylene glycol (PEG) and anyone who is allergic to PEG should not be given either of these vaccines. PEG is not present in the Astra-Zeneca vaccine.

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