Since the beginning of the COVID-19 vaccination, there have been concerns raised, with many people expressing their aversion to vaccines. Vaccine hestitancy has been studied not only in India, but around the world.
While many conspiracy theories are making the rounds, some people are hesitant to believe them out of genuine concern. One of the main concerns has been whether people with allergies will be able to take the medication.
Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, responded to the question of whether people with allergies can be vaccinated, saying, “If a person has a severe allergy, the COVID vaccine should be administered only after consulting a doctor. However, if it is only a matter of minor allergies, such as catching a cold or having skin allergies, one should not hesitate to get the vaccine.”
Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, went on to say, “Those on prior allergy medication should not discontinue them; instead, they should continue to take the medication on a regular basis while getting vaccinated. It is also critical to understand that arrangements have been made at all vaccination sites for the management of vaccination-related allergies. As a result, even if you have a severe allergy, we recommend that you continue taking the medication and get vaccinated.”
(With PIB inputs)