US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on December 19 issued a set a guidelines for those reporting Severe Adverse Event (SAE) or severe allergic reactions from the COVID-19 vaccination.The centre stated that they learnt from ‘reports’ that some people were facing allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis and had to be treated with epinephrine or EpiPen while some also needed hospitalisation. 

The Centre highlighted that people who have severe allergic reaction after the first dose must not take the second shot and those who have had severe allergic reactions to components in a COVID-19 vaccine should not get that specific vaccine.

It further recommended that people with a history of allergy from the injectable therapies must seek a healthcare consultation first.

“Your doctor will help you decide if it is safe for you to get vaccinated,” the centre asserted. However, those with allergies such as to food, pet, venom, environmental, or latex, which is unrelated to the injectable medications, can get vaccinated. Moreover, anyone who has a family member with a history of mild allergies to oral medications or severe allergic reactions to vaccines but no anaphylaxis could get themselves vaccinated.