Fatima Tokhmafshan

Fatima Tokhmafshan

Member of CoVaRR-Net (Community and Patient Engagement and Outreach Director)

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.

For more information parents can consult the FAQs on COVID-19 vaccines from the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, as well as a list of Pfizer vaccine ingredients from Health Canada.

Download a document showing the booster dose recommendations for provinces and territories in Canada as of November 11, 2021.

To arrange an interview with Dr. Tokhmafshan, please contact:
Philip Fine