Dr. Hank Bernstein explains why individuals should wait 14 days between receipt of a COVID-19 and other vaccines.
Will I Be Able to Get the Coronavirus Vaccine at the Same Time as Other Vaccines?
Hank Bernstein, MD: I'm Hank Bernstein and I'm speaking on behalf of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. And the question is, “Will I be able to get a coronavirus vaccine at the same time as other vaccines?” The short answer is no, not at this time, but maybe in the future.
As you know, we want people to be properly protected against all the diseases that can be prevented by vaccines, and that's important for us to try to vaccinate as many people as possible. However, we do not have any data as to using the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as any other vaccine. Therefore, the CDC presently recommends that the COVID vaccine be given alone, and no other vaccine should’ve been received 14 days before the COVID vaccine, and no vaccine should be received 14 days after the COVID vaccine is given. This is especially important because we want to be sure that the immune system responds appropriately to the COVID-19 vaccine. And all the current studies that are underway are giving the COVID-19 vaccine alone, not concomitantly with any other vaccines.
So the answer again, no other vaccine 14 days prior to the COVID vaccine and no other vaccine 14 days after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
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Last Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021