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Your Questions Answered: Allergic Reactions to COVID Vaccine

The news from Britain about adverse reactions to the Pfizer COVID vaccine in people with allergies have spurred lots of questions, some of which may be coming to you as providers. This blog post from Dr. Marc Goldstein at The Asthma Center in Philadelphia provided some straight talk about the subject. Goldstein explains what might cause allergic reactions and states: “Patients who have a history of allergic reactions should inform their providers before getting vaccinated and they should receive the vaccine at a place where they can be observed for any adverse reaction for at least 20 minutes after the vaccine is administered. The facility should also have the capability of treating a severe allergic reaction.”