My Patients Ask — Should I take the COVID vaccine if I have low platelets?

The CDC’s recommendations do not explicitly address the use of the COVID-19 vaccine in those with a history of thrombocytopenia. However, there’s new information you might want to consider.

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) states that the expected benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine likely outweigh the risks in patients with immune thrombocytopenia.

The society notes that vaccines — including the COVID-19 vaccine — can occasionally result in a drop in platelet count in a person with otherwise stable thrombocytopenia.

Although new-onset severe acute thrombocytopenia has been reported following COVID-19 vaccination, the ASH states that post-vaccine thrombocytopenia is extremely rare or coincidental.

However, people with ongoing thrombocytopenia or those with a history of unstable platelet counts should talk with their doctor about obtaining platelet counts before and after vaccination.

This blog was accurate as of the day of posting. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolves and the scientific community’s understanding of the novel coronavirus and the COVID vaccine develops, the information above may have changed since it was last updated. While I aim to keep all of my blogs on COVID and the COVID vaccine up to date, please visit online resources provided by the CDC, WHO, and your local public health department to stay informed on the latest news.

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