Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I've had an allergic reaction to a vaccine in the past?

The vaccine should not be given to people with a known history of severe allergic reaction, such as anaphylaxis, to a previous dose of an mRNA or viral vector vaccine, or to any ingredient of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson–Janssen COVID-19 vaccines.

People who have had a severe allergic reaction to other vaccines or injectable therapies may still be able to receive the vaccine. However, providers should do a risk assessment and counsel them about potential risks. If the patient decides to get the vaccine, the provider should observe them for 30 minutes to monitor for any immediate reactions.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that providers observe all other patients for at least 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine to monitor for an allergic reaction.

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1. Why should I consider vaccinating my child?
2. If we need a booster dose, does that mean the vaccines are not working?
3. Why are booster doses important?
4. How do we know the COVID-19 vaccines are safe?
5. Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine?
6. What are the side effects?
7. Do I need to pay for the vaccine?
8. What if I received a bill from my provider for the COVID-19 vaccine?
9. How many doses do I need to get?
10. If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?
11. How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?
12. When am I considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19?
13. Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I'm vaccinated against COVID-19?
14. What is a vaccination record card?
15. Can employers require employees to be vaccinated?
16. If I have an underlying health condition, can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
17. Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I've had an allergic reaction to a vaccine in the past?
18. Can I get COVID-19 vaccine if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
19. Do we know if the vaccine is equally safe for all racial ethnic groups?
20. Where can I report side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
21. What is VAERS?
22. Where can I get the vaccine?
23. Will k-12 schools require the vaccine for in-person learning?