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Dr. Fauci Says These Are the Odds of an Allergic Reaction to the COVID Vaccine

Hint: they are slim to none.

Despite the efficacy of the three COVID-19 vaccines, there are many Americans who are hesitant to get them. One of the main reasons? They are afraid of having an allergic reaction to them. During a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, addressed these concerns and revealed exactly how likely it is that you will react adversely to the vaccine. Read on to find out about the odds of an allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci Says Only 2 to 4 People Per Million Have Had an Adverse Event

Dr. Fauci revealed that 110 million doses have been administered, amounting to about 11 to 12 percent of the population being fully vaccinated with a little over 20 percent receiving at least one dose. "Thus far, and you have to keep following these things very carefully, there are no safety signals that turn out to be red flags," he confirmed. 

However, he added that some people have reacted to the vaccines. "We've had some allergic reactions that we're well aware of. Some anaphylactic reaction to the Moderna and the Pfizer product."

Just how common is it for someone to have an allergic reaction. "It ranges somewhere between two to four per million vaccinations," he revealed. "That's still quite a low level of an adverse event. Other than that, it does not appear to be anything what we call a red flag, but this is something that's followed very carefully by the CDC and by the FDA, but so far so good." Mathematically, that translates to a 0.000002 to 0.000004 percent chance. In other words, having an allergic reaction to the vaccine is very, very rare. 

Nonetheless, according to the latest statistics, anywhere from 20 to 30 percent of adults maintain they won't get vaccinated because they don't trust it. And, Dr. Fauci is concerned that this could have an overall impact on eliminating the virus. 

"If you talk about a veil of protection or a blanket of protection over the community, namely the country, sometimes referred to as reaching a level of herd immunity, if you do not get the overwhelming proportion of the population vaccinated, you're still going to have the virus have the capability of circulating in society, because there are so many vulnerable people," he pointed out, using examples of other infections like the measle. "When you get below a certain critical level of people being vaccinated, then you have the risk and the danger of outbreaks."

This is what makes educating people about vaccine safety crucial. "The approach we would like to take and we are taking is to try and reach out and explain to people and ask, what are the issues that make them hesitant about getting vaccinated, and try to address them with good solid scientific facts," he continued. This includes the process of developing the vaccine, everything that went into it, "all the things that went into it, why it was so quick." 

How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic

So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leah Groth
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