Who Should Not Get the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines?

Dr. Paul Offit talks about three 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 from the Vaccine Education Center. It’s January 2021, and one of the questions we get asked, now that we're in the midst of this SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, is: Who can't get these mRNA vaccines, messenger RNA vaccines, which are designed to prevent SARS-CoV-2? Basically, three groups.

One is anybody less than 16 years of age. At least for right now, January 2021, we don't have data yet on children, and until we do, those less than 16 shouldn't be getting these vaccines.

Second, as anyone who's had a severe allergic reaction to the first dose, so-called anaphylaxis, should not get a second dose.

And third, anyone who is allergic to any of the vaccine ingredients currently in these mRNA vaccines should not get them.

Thank you.

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Last Reviewed on Feb 10, 2021