My Patients Ask — What’s the latest on allergic reactions to the COVID vaccines?

A new study confirms an extremely low risk of severe allergic reactions from the COVID vaccines.

HealthDay reports researchers surveyed “more than 52,800 employees” of a health system in Massachusetts and found that “after the first dose of an mRNA [SARS-CoV-2] vaccine, 2% had an allergic reaction, and anaphylaxis occurred at a rate of 2.47 per 10,000 individuals.”

The findings were published in JAMA.

HealthDay adds, “Although the incidence of anaphylaxis was more than that estimated by the [CDC], which put the rate at 0.025 to 0.11 per 10,000 vaccinations, it is still extremely low and should reassure people with a history of food or drug allergies.”

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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