I have heard that people with allergies cannot get the vaccine. Is this true?
“It was recently calculated (based on data from the Pfizer vaccine) that 1 person per every 100,000 will have a severe allergic reaction. For this reason, everyone receiving the vaccine is monitored for 15 minutes following the vaccination; and if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction in the past, you should be monitored for 30 minutes. It is also important to remember that allergic reactions are easily recognizable and easily treatable—no one has died from a severe allergic reaction to the COVID vaccine.
The CDC has recommended that persons with a known (diagnosed) allergy to PEG (polyethylene glycol) or polysorbate, have a contraindication to vaccination. Persons with a reaction to a vaccine, but in whom it is unknown what caused the reaction have a precaution to vaccination and may want to discuss with their physician.