The unprecedented vaccine rollout effort has generated a stream of data about the possible side effects of each vaccine with information also regarding those suffering with particular allergies to avoid having the vaccine. What you need to know.
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was evaluated in clinical trials involving more than 44,000 participants
According to the data, the most frequent adverse reactions in trials were pain at the injection site, fatigue; headache; myalgia (muscle pains); chills; arthralgia (joint pains) and fever.
These side effects were each reported in more than one in 10 people.
These reactions were usually mild or moderate in intensity and resolved within a few days after vaccination.
For those suffering with allergies, the CDC advises:
If you are allergic to polyethylene glycol (PEG), you should not get either of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.
If you are allergic to polysorbate, you should not get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
If you aren’t able to get one type of COVID-19 vaccine due to allergies from a specific ingredient, ask your doctor if you should get a different type.
If you are allergic to other types of vaccines, for example, the flu shot, you should consult your doctor before scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine.
If you have allergies not related to vaccines such as food, pet, environmental, or latex allergies, for example, or allergies to oral medications, the CDC still recommends that you get vaccinated.