As new information surfaces regarding COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Vaccine, many with chronic disease, such as sickle cell disease, question whether or not it is safe for them to get vaccinated. How will my immune system react to it? Is it safe? How will it react with my other medications? There are all valid questions that deserve honest answers, here’s what you need to know.
Since the release of the first two vaccines, experts have seen promising results so far, and the true benefits of the vaccine will be known as more and more people get vaccinated. After reviewing those initial results, experts advise those living with sickle cell disease to get vaccinated when it’s their turn. Negative reactions with medication have not been noted as of yet, however it is advised to stay at the doctor’s office about 30 minutes after vaccination just incas a reaction does occur. The PowerPoint below gives a further breakdown of what those living with Sickle Cell disease can expect from the vaccine, and what changes to their normal routine need to be made post-vaccination.