Question regarding Penicillin Allergy and Covid Vaccines

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Greetings. I have been contemplating getting the Covid Vaccine. However, I have a sever allergy to Penicillin. The last time I received penicillin, I was a young child. Difficulty breathing/hives, and went to the hospital.

Anyways, I have been reading online to see if a covid vaccine is safe for someone with an allergy to penicillin. However, I cannot see to find a clear answer.
 

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Yes, it is safe. Unless you have lots of allergies to different things, what matters is allergy to that specific class of substances, ie. penicillin in your case. Since the vaccine does not contain penicillin (check the ingredients for the vaccine you are interested in), it is safe for you to take it. In many countries, you are required to stay at the vaccination center for 15-30 minutes, so that if you develop anaphylaxis, they can jab you with epinephrine. Of course you should stay alert for other unexpected effects that may take longer to develop, and see a doctor if necessary.

The information you need can be found in sites such as these (check the sites for more details and check the guidelines in the country you are in):

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/specific-groups/allergies.html
"CDC recommends that people get vaccinated even if they have a history of severe allergic reactions not related to vaccines or injectable medications—such as food, pet, venom, environmental, or latex allergies. People with a history of allergies to oral medications or a family history of severe allergic reactions may also get vaccinated."

https://www.sps.nhs.uk/articles/adv...ability-for-covid-19-vaccine-pfizer-biontech/
Individuals due to be vaccinated may have had previous allergies, and may ask their healthcare professional for advice on their suitability for vaccination.
Public Health England’s Immunisation Against Infectious Disease (the Green book) states that:
- those with allergies, including anaphylaxis, to a food, insect sting or most medicines (where the trigger has been identified), can proceed with vaccination as normal according to local guidelines, as long as they are not known to be allergic to any component (excipient) of the vaccine;
- anyone with a family history of allergies, a previous non-systemic reaction to a vaccine, hypersensitivity to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen) or mastocytosis can proceed with vaccination as normal, according to local guidelines.
 
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Anyways, I have been reading online to see if a covid vaccine is safe for someone with an allergy to penicillin. However, I cannot see to find a clear answer.
Do you have a family doctor or a medical clinic where you have gone before (so they know about your medical history)? That would be the best place to ask this question.
 
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Two points:

ASV = American Society for Virology

1. ASV town halls (Zoom meetings) are for this exact purpose - answering questions like this one. Tomorrow, Tuesday, 22-06-2021, there is one in Spanish, for example. See:
https://asv.org/vaccine-townhall/

2. PF is not set up to support questions like you asked. Try an ASV town hall or your local health provider.
So, the thread is now closed.

PS: per Daniel Griffin MD, a medical director for Optum, >99% of Covid admissions to New York hospitals
are now unvaccinated patients. ~3% of them do not survive. No deaths, no ICU admissions for the very few vaccinated patients.
 
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