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CDC: people with allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccine should not get a second dose

The CDC has updated its guidance saying if you had an immediate allergic reaction of any severity to the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get a second dose.
Credit: Sophia Germer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP
Veteran of 37 years in the United State Army and war hero Geb, Russel L. Honoré reveals where he received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System's gymnasium in New Orleans, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. Gen. Russel L. Honoré drove from Baton Rouge to receive his shot. He wanted to help convince his friends and other veterans who are little more reluctant to get the vaccine. (Sophia Germer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

TAMPA, Fla. — The CDC has updated its guidance on contraindications and precautions to both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. 

It says people with a history of an immediate allergic reaction of any severity to a previous dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine should not receive a second dose. 

If you have allergies to pets, food, oral mediations or latex, you can still get the vaccine. 

If you have allergic reactions to other vaccines or injectable therapies, talk to your doctor to outweigh the benefits of the vaccine with your risk.

It also says vaccination sites should be able to treat a severe allergic reaction by having the proper medical services like epinephrine, H-1 antihistamines, a blood pressure cuff, stethoscope and a timing device to take a pulse. 

The CDC is also using two tools to help track side effects or adverse reactions to the vaccine. 

If you get the vaccine, you can report to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System or VAERS. 

And, the CDC has activated V-Safe, a vaccination health checker. It's a smartphone-based tool that uses text messages and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you get a vaccine. 

You can tell the CDC if you have side effects or reactions or if you're doing fine. Depending on your answers, the CDC may call to check in on you. This is voluntary, and you can opt-out at any time. 

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