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Some people develop chronic allergies. Can they receive the vaccine against Covid-19? In these cases, is there any preliminary information to provide, precautions to take? Is there a contraindication to getting vaccinated when you are allergic? When to consult an allergist? What are the exceptions?

Oumar Saliou Diallo is a teacher. For a long time, he wanted to be vaccinated. “I hesitate a lot. I develop allergies to everything: to milk, to eggs… I don’t know if these cases are taken into account”.

Amina Kona, suffering from discomfort all the time, also asks herself the question: should I take the vaccine against Covid-19 or not?

“I went to the hospital to get some information. I was told that it was not appropriate for me to get the vaccine,” reveals Amina.

“My doctor really warned me. He explained to me that, from the moment when the cause of my discomfort is not known, taking charge, in the event of a reaction on my part, would be difficult”.

“It is true that during our first vaccinations at Astra Zeneca some had allergies. But everything is back to normal without their vital prognosis being engaged,” explains Amadou, a vaccinator.

“We almost had a case of allergy but in reality the person showed an allergy to a food that he had just eaten. But, it really worried us because to tell the truth, we hadn’t bothered to ask him about his background, ”he explains.

According to Dr. Diarra Ibrahim, head of the Immunization Unit, it is strictly forbidden for people with a history of serious allergies to get vaccinated.

“On the map you have all this information. Vaccinators should ask candidates if they have any allergies. It’s on the map. They should find out about cases of chronic disease or allergies before administering the vaccine,” says Dr. Diarra.

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The French Federation of Allergology (FFAL), in a press release published on its site, focused on the cases of allergy sufferers concerning vaccination against Covid-19. ” Being allergic is not a contraindication to vaccination against Covid-19 with the exception of two contraindications”, in any case, the French Federation of Allergology recommends first, to consult an allergist beforehand.

For severe asthmatics, for example, it is advisable to get vaccinated. The French Federation of Allergology specifies that only two contraindications exist concerning vaccination against Covid-19. These are patients with a documented allergy to polyethylene glycol (PEG) (present in the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines) and patients with a documented allergy to polysorbate (present in the Astra-Zeneca vaccine), or even patients having a history of grade 2 anaphylaxis (affecting at least 2 organs) to a first injection of an mRNA vaccine.

“Only people who have already had a severe reaction after another vaccine, an unidentified drug or an injectable treatment should consult an allergist beforehand and/or report it to their doctor. »

Aminata Agaly Yattara

Source: Mali Tribune

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