Allergies To Vaccine Components
It can be very dangerous to take the vaccine if you have allergies to any of its components. The ingredients in the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine are listed on the FDA website and corresponding websites. If you do happen to allergic to one or more of the ingredients, experts recommend avoiding getting vaccinated until other vaccines become available.
Anaphylactic reactions have happened to a very small number of people after receiving the first dose of the vaccine. Although it is an extremely rare occurrence, those who experience an anaphylactic reaction after the first dose should definitely avoid the second dose.
It’s important to note that If you have previously had a severe allergic reaction to a different vaccine, talk to your doctor before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who have allergies that are not related to vaccines can and should still get the vaccine.
After receiving the vaccine, the CDC says you’ll be put under observation for 15 minutes, and if you have a history of severe allergic reactions, the observation time is doubled.
Just know that it’s extremely rare to react to the vaccine, especially if you have never reacted to one before. The CDC reported the chances of a person experiencing anaphylaxis is an estimated 11.1 cases per 1 million doses.
Bell’s Palsy and Guillain–Barré syndrome
According to the CDC, a few cases of Bell’s palsy or sudden weakness in the muscles on one-half of the face were reported after vaccination in both vaccines clinical trials. However, the FDA has not found these cases to be causally related to vaccination.
Remember, though; it is possible for people to develop unrelated medical problems at the same time they receive the vaccine or when they are doing the trials. These medical problems that arise may be coincidental and have nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccine.
Bell’s Palsy is a self-resolving, unharmful condition. With that said, knowing that a very small number of people who did get Bell’s palsy should not deter you from getting the vaccine.
The CDC says, if you have a history of Bell’s palsy, you may still receive the vaccine as long as you have no record of severe or immediate allergic reactions to the vaccine components.
Additionally, Dr. Anthony Fauci recommends those with a history of a neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome should avoid receiving the vaccine.