Allergic reactions to the coronavirus vaccine are rare and outweighed by the benefit of protection, CDC finds
Given the small risk of severe allergic reaction and its treatable nature, the risk of catching the coronavirus and becoming severely ill or dying far outweighs that of a potential allergic reaction, CDC officials said.
The virus is killing roughly 2,670 people every day — an average that continues to rise, according to statistics compiled by The Washington Post.
“The known and potential benefits outweigh the known and potential risk of getting vaccine,” Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a news briefing. Messonnier said CDC officials are worried about people being reluctant to be vaccinated — including health-care workers who were in the first-priority group for vaccinations.
Messonnier highlighted the rigorous approval process the vaccines underwent to be proved safe and effective. The two authorized vaccines — from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna — are “very safe” and severe allergic reactions are “still