Who Should Not Get the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines?

Dr. Paul Offit talks about two groups of people who should not receive the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine.


Who should not get the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines?

Paul Offit, MD: Hi, my name is Paul Offit. I'm talking to you today from the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. A common question that people ask is, who shouldn't get the mRNA vaccines?

Well, so the answer right now is one: People less than 5 years of age because the vaccine is not available yet, but it may be available soon. Second, I think more importantly and more practically is really the only group for whom that vaccine is not recommended are people who have had a severe allergic reaction to the first dose. That's really it right now. They’re not recommended to receive that second dose.

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Last Reviewed on Feb 18, 2022