When getting the COVID-19 vaccine, what are the main risks for someone with severe allergies?
For most people, even those with significant allergies, the risk is very small. If you have hay fever or even a severe allergy to bee stings, peanuts or other foods, no problem. The vaccine is as safe for you as it is for anyone else.
if you've ever had any kind of allergic reaction to an ingredient in one of the vaccines, you should get a different COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC advises. And if you've ever had a severe allergic reaction to past vaccinations of any kind, check in with a doctor for advice specific to your situation.
In a very few cases, people have had severe allergic reactions, or anaphylaxis, after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Luckily, as serious as that is, it's reversible and treatable, generally with a shot of epinephrine. When you go get your vaccine, you'll be asked to sit and wait for 15 to 30 minutes, just in case you have a severe reaction, so you can be treated on the spot.