Americans today have a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. The most frequently asked question is: “Should I get the vaccine if I’ve had a reaction to other vaccines in the past?” Typically, they’re referring to other vaccines such as the flu shot.
The answer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is to ask your doctor. If you’ve had an immediate allergic reaction in the past, whether it was minimal or severe, your doctor can help you decide if you should get the COVID-19 vaccine or not.
The CDC also warns people not to get the 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose if they had a severe allergic reaction to the first one. One of the common reactions to this vaccine is anaphylaxis, a critical allergic reaction in which the body becomes hypersensitive. There are also reports that this vaccine has triggered other reactions such as Bell’s Palsy and Thrombocytopenia.
For those people who have had either Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) or Bell’s Palsy in the past, the CDC says that you can still get the vaccine. However, it is best to consult with your doctor before making that decision.