It's OK to Get COVID-19 Vaccine Along With Other Shots: CDC

THURSDAY, May 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that COVID-19 vaccines can be given along with other childhood shots, CNN reported Wednesday.

Doctors had been cautioned to not give the COVID-19 vaccine within two weeks of any other vaccine, but Dr. Kate Woodworth, of the CDC's birth defects division, said lots of data exist on the safety of the vaccines.

"Extensive experience with non-COVID-19 vaccines has demonstrated that immunogenicity, [the ability of a vaccine to provoke an immune response] and adverse event profiles are generally similar when vaccines are administered simultaneously as when they are administered alone," Woodworth told a meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Recommendations are being updated so that COVID-19 and other vaccines can be given together "without regard to timing," including on the same day, CNN reported.

Many children have fallen behind their vaccination schedule during the pandemic, so this change will be an important step in getting kids back on their vaccine track. They can now get the COVID-19 vaccine along with vaccinations for influenza, tetanus and HPV, CNN said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics also said Wednesday it supports giving childhood vaccines along with coronavirus vaccines, CNN reported.

But the CDC doesn't know if people are more likely to have a reaction if they get a COVID-19 vaccine along with other vaccines, the news outlet added.

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