Corona vaccinations also suitable for allergy sufferers

Reports from England about allergic reactions after a corona vaccination may have unsettled some people. However, allergy sufferers don’t have to worry too much, explains the Paul Ehrlich Institute.

Despite known incidents, the corona vaccine from Biontech and Pfizer is suitable for allergy sufferers. Photo: Sven Hoppe / dpa (Image: dpa)
(Photo: Sven Hoppe / dpa)

Langen – people with allergic diseases generally do not have a higher risk of serious adverse effects from the corona vaccination. This was the result of a detailed examination of the data situation by experts from the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) and the European Medicines Agency.

According to the EMA approval, known allergies to food and medication are therefore not a contraindication to the vaccine currently used in Germany,
announced the PEI.

In Great Britain, after the start of vaccination with the vaccine “Comirnaty” from Biontech and Pfizer, severe allergic reactions had occurred in individual cases. The UK authorities then recommended not to vaccinate people who have ever had a severe allergic reaction to a vaccine, drug or food. Patients with severe allergies were excluded from the approval study.

Possible triggers for the serious reactions observed could be the active substance or the auxiliary substances used. These included the PEG (polyethylene glycol) -containing nanoparticles in which the active ingredient is packaged. According to the PEI and EMA, people who have a known allergy to any ingredients in the vaccine should not be vaccinated. In principle, allergy sufferers could also be vaccinated against Covid-19. The second dose should not be given in people who are allergic to the first dose. Basically, every person should be observed 15 minutes after the vaccination, appropriate medical treatment should be available for severe allergic reactions.

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