The current FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines are not recommended for people with certain conditions or of different ages. The current vaccines are authorized for use among the following ages:
Per the FDA, women younger than 50 years old should be aware of the rare risk of blood clots with low platelets after Janssen vaccination. Other COVID-19 vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna, are available for which this risk has not been seen.
There are other special considerations for when it might not be a good time to get the vaccine:
- If you've recently been exposed to COVID-19, see the CDC guidelines for getting the vaccine.
- If you’ve had monoclonal antibody treatment or received convalescent plasma, the CDC states vaccination should not occur for at least 90 days.
Talk to your health care provider if you have questions about getting vaccinated for COVID-19.
According to the CDC, if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to a vaccine or an injected medicine, you should ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine. A severe reaction is one that requires treatment at a hospital or with medications like an EpiPen (epinephrine). According to the CDC, the likelihood of severe reaction to the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines is very low.
The CDC recommends the people who have seasonal allergies or allergies to food, pets or oral medications, can still be vaccinated. If you have any questions, you should check with your health care provider.
For more information, you can read the FDA’s Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet and Janssen Patient Fact Sheet.