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Children with allergies are not at any increased risk for adverse reactions.
Children with most types of allergies can safely receive the COVID vaccines. To date, millions of doses have been administered to children and teens in the US without any allergic or anaphylactic reactions, nor were there any observed during pediatric trials. Parents should familiarize themselves with the vaccines’ ingredient lists. If they think their child might be allergic to an ingredient, they can then contact an allergy specialist.
After the vaccination, parents and children are usually asked to remain on site for a 15-minute observation period. This is done because most allergic reactions would take place during that time.