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These People "Should Not" Get COVID Vaccine Right Away, Says CDC

Don’t get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other vaccines.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
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"I was about to schedule my COVID vaccine appointment," a friend of ours said the other day, "when my doctor told me I should wait two weeks." Why would that happen? Aren't experts urging everyone to get their COVID vaccine as soon as humanly possible? The reason may surprise you. Read on to see who should not get vaccinated right away, as well as who should not get vaccinated at all, as well as the common vaccine side effects—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.

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So Who Should Not Get Vaccinated Right Away?

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Our friend had recently gotten his shingles vaccine. That's why his doctor told him to wait before getting his COVID vaccine. "Don't get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other vaccines," says the CDC. "Wait at least 14 days after your COVID-19 vaccine before getting any other vaccine, including a flu or shingles vaccine. Or if you have recently received any other vaccine first, wait at least 14 days before getting your COVID-19 vaccine. However, if you do get a COVID-19 vaccine within 14 days of another vaccine, you do not need to be revaccinated with either vaccine. You should still complete both vaccine series on schedule."

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Who Should Not Get Vaccinated At All?

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Short answer: Kids. "There is no COVID-19 vaccine yet for children under age 16. Several companies have begun enrolling children as young as age 12 in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. Studies including younger children have also begun," says the Mayo Clinic.

And also anyone allergic to the ingredients in the vaccines, which is unlikely. 

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What are Your Chances of Having a Life-Threatening Allergic Reaction?

"No serious, life-threatening allergic reactions occurred in clinical study participants," says the FDA. "However, after getting a COVID-19 vaccine in their community, a few people had anaphylaxis (a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction that happens within seconds or minutes of exposure to an allergen). Because of this remote chance of severe allergic reaction, health care providers may ask you to stay at the place where you received a vaccine for monitoring for 15 to 30 minutes."

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So What Side Effects Are There?

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"The most commonly reported side effects, which typically lasted several days, were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever," says the FDA. "Of note, more people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose, so it is important for vaccination providers and recipients to expect that there may be some side effects after either dose, but even more so after the second dose."

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So the FDA is Sure the Vaccine is Safe? Yes.

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"The FDA evaluated data from clinical studies that included tens of thousands of people," says the agency. "The data from these studies clearly show that the known and potential benefits of the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines greatly outweigh the known and potential risks. Millions of doses of FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines have been given to people all around the country. Serious adverse events following vaccination are very rare."

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How to Stay Safe as Possible After Vaccination

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"While each FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine is slightly different, available information suggests that the authorized vaccines remain effective in protecting the American public against currently circulating strains of COVID-19," says the FDA. "We are already talking with vaccine manufacturers about these new strains and how to quickly and safely make any changes that may be needed in the future."

"Some variants spread more easily than others," they continue. "To help slow the spread of COVID-19, get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you. Other ways to slow the spread include:

  • Wearing a mask
  • Keeping 6 feet apart from others who don't live with you
  • Avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water (use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren't available)"
  • So follow those fundamentals, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.