On Saturday the CDC issued guidance related to COVID-19 Vaccines and Severe Allergic Reactions following reports of some patients experiencing anaphylaxis after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Specifically, the CDC recommends patients experiencing a severe allergic reaction after getting the first shot should not get the second shot. The CDC also says that doctors may refer these patients to a specialist in allergies and immunology to provide more care or advice.
Following the FDA approval of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, and the CDC’s new recommendations regarding severe allergic reactions, the College has updated its guidance related to patients with a history of allergic reactions. This guidance addresses patient history, wait times after receiving the vaccine, treatment advice and more. We will continue to keep this guidance updated as more information becomes available.