The Illinois COVID-19 Pharmacy Vaccine Task Force


IDPH FAQs Regarding The COVID-19 Vaccine
The Centers for Disease Control have identified only a few specific situations when an individual should NOT receive the COVID-19 vaccine
  1. If you have a severe allergic reaction, or an immediate allergic reaction to your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should not receive a second dose.
  2. If you have had a severe allergic reaction to Polyethylene Glycol, Polysorbate80 or any other components of the vaccines
Pregnancy, a compromised immune system (ex HIV, transplant, and cancer patients), and allergy history to other medications or vaccines are NOT contraindications from getting a COVID-19 vaccine. However, it is always important to discuss new medications and vaccinations with your doctor if you fall into one of these categories.
Patients with a history of anaphylaxis are required to wait 30 minutes after vaccination instead of the standard 15 minutes. Vaccine administrators are trained to assess allergic reactions and an epinephrine pen is always present at vaccine sites. Blood pressure, oxygen levels, and heart rate can be monitored in patients who are concerned about allergic reaction.
  • Pregnant and recently pregnant individuals are more likely to have severe COVID-19 illness
  • You can get the COVID vaccine if pregnant → for concerns you may want to talk with your healthcare provider but a conversation is not required for vaccination
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The Centers for Disease Control have put together a helpful information sheet on the known variants of COVID-19. Click this link for more information.