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Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for kids with food allergies?

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Were children with asthma and/or food allergies included in the clinical trials for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine? If so, have there been reports of anaphylaxis in this age group?

The clinical trials for the Pfizer vaccine included 2,260 participants in the 12-15-year-old age range. The side effects in this group were generally the same as trial participants 16 years of age and older.

The CDC recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for people with food allergies since there are no food proteins in any of the vaccines, including the Pfizer COVID vaccine.

You can read more about the vaccines here.

COVID-19, Food Allergy, Medicines
Answered by

Douglas T. Johnston D.O. FAAAAI, FACAAI

Reviewed and Answered

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