People with underlying medical conditions are able to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as long as they have not had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients,the CDC said. However cases of allergic reactions, and in some cases severe are still coming up at a rate that would not be acceptable for a conventionally tested drug.
The only problem with that statement is that being allergic to chemicals in medicine is not an anomaly in today’s world.
The CDC issued new guidance on Saturday aimed at helping adults with underlying health conditions or weak immune systems to decide whether the newly released COVID-19 vaccine is appropriate for them.
“Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19,” the guidance says.
The vaccines that are approved by FDA “may be administered to people with underlying medical conditions provided they have not had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine,” it added.
The guidance states that people with weak immune systems or autoimmune conditions may receive the COVID-19 vaccine but should be aware that no data is currently available on the safety of the vaccine for those individuals.
Meanwhile, CDC also gave the green light for people who have previously had Guillain-Barre syndrome,a disorder where your immune system attacks your nerves.
People who previously had Bell’s Palsy,a condition that causes weakness in the muscles of one side of the face will also receive the vaccine. The CDC said participants during the vaccine clinical trials did report having the conditions but the FDA determined that it did not exceed the rate expected in the general population.
What they are doing is not testing the vaccine on many different conditions, assuming that it would be fine for those conditions.
According to the CDC, nearly 2 million people have had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Dec. 26.
“Our conditions for use, is what we call them, specifically states that, if you have an allergy to any component of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, you should not receive it,” Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
According to a fact sheet from the FDA for healthcare providers, no one who has a known severe allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis, to any ingredients of either newly approved vaccine should get injected.
This week, a doctor from Boston was the first to report an adverse reaction to the Moderna vaccine. The doctor used an EpiPen that was nearby and staffers rushed him to the emergency room which luckily was near the room he got the vaccine in.