We have had many questions about vaccine safety. Please realize up front that there are many unknowns about vaccines. Short-term, limited data suggests they are safe, and most people seem to be tolerating them well. However, there is not any long term data. Getting a vaccine is an individualized decision – you need to consider how comfortable you are with potential vaccine unknowns and lack of long-term data versus the dangers of covid-19 infection itself – both to you and those around you. Please know that all providers and staff at Longs Peak Family Practice and Sports Medicine have started their vaccinations.
Current safety information on available vaccines
The few medical contraindications (reasons you shouldn’t receive the vaccine) to current covid vaccines are listed below.
The CDC recommends against receiving a covid vaccine in these situations:
- Severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or any of its components
- Immediate allergic reaction of any severity to a previous dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or any of its components (including polyethylene glycol [PEG])*
- Immediate allergic reaction of any severity to polysorbate (due to potential cross-reactive hypersensitivity with the vaccine ingredient PEG)*
Please review the CDC information below as it should address most of your questions.
If you have further questions please feel free to set up an appointment (telehealth or in office) to discuss with one of our providers.