Joe Gastaldo, MD, System Medical Director for Infectious Diseases explains medical exemptions for COVID vaccines.
Primary care physicians and providers are being asked for medical exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The CDC clearly gives guidance on this. Basically there are very rare or few true absolute contraindications to receiving any of the COVID-19 vaccines.
The only true absolute contraindication is a known hypersensitivity reaction to any of the components in any of the vaccines. The messenger RNA vaccines have four simple things in them. A little bit of sugar, a little bit of salt, some fat, the lipid nanoparticle which contains polyethylene glycol and mRNA.
There are very rare people in the community who do have severe allergic reactions to polyethylene glycol. Other than that, there are really no other absolute contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
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