(Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Saturday that it was monitoring reports of allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine and made recommendations on how people with history of allergies going on.
Anyone who has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 vaccine should not receive a second dose, the group said, explaining explicitly how they need the epinephrine medication or hospital treatment.
People who have had an allergic reaction to any ingredient in the COVID-19 vaccine should avoid creating the vaccine that contains the ingredient, CDC said. Two vaccines have been approved in the United States under emergency use authority.
People with a history of severe allergic reactions to vaccines should talk to their doctors about the COVID-19 picture. The CDC said people with severe allergies to food, pets, latex or environmental conditions as well as people with allergies to oral medication or a family history of severe allergic reactions may still be vaccinated.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating about five allergic reactions that occurred after people received the Pfizer Inc vaccine and the BioNTech SE CONTID-19 vaccine in the United States this week.
On Friday, the FDA said the Moderna Inc vaccine, which has been approved for emergency use, should not be given to individuals with a known history of severe allergic reactions to any parts of the picture.
The British medical regulator has said that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine should not be given to anyone with a history of anaphylaxis, or a severe allergic reaction to a drug or food.
Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Edited by Cynthia Osterman