The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday posted new guidance for people with certain underlying medical conditions who are at increased risk for more severe Covid-19.
Here are some key points from the guidance:
- The guidance addresses people with weakened immune systems, people with autoimmune conditions and those who have previously had Guillain-Barre syndrome and Bell’s palsy.
- All of these groups “may receive an mRNA Covid-19 vaccine” according to the recommendations, provided they have not had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine.
- People with HIV and those with weakened immune systems due to other illnesses or medication should be aware of “limited safety data” on the use of Covid-19 vaccinations in those populations, and that they may experience a weakened immune response to a vaccine.
- The guidance says there have been no reports of Guillain-Barre following Covid-19 vaccination.
- And while cases of Bell’s palsy have been reported after mRNA Covid-19 vaccination, “the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not consider these to be above the rate expected in the general population,” the CDC said. “They have not concluded these cases were caused by vaccination.”
The CDC also says that people who get vaccinated should continue to practice Covid-19 prevention measures until it is known whether the vaccine prevents the spread of the virus.