More research provides reassurance on Covid-19 vaccine safety – even for those with severe allergies

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Vaccination efforts have been hampered by reports of allergic reactions to the mRNA Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer-BionTech and Moderna, but accumulating data indicate that these reactions are extremely rare.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reactions occurred in only 4.5 cases per million jabs administered – a risk far lower than contracting the virus itself – with 89% occurring within the 15- to 30-minute observation period after receiving the jab.

The authors of the newly updated guidance report, whose work was led by allergists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), examined all information related to possible allergic reactions to Covid vaccinations at the end of 2020, and reassured the public that these vaccines are safe – even for people with severe allergies.

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