You asked, we answered: Should immunocompromised people get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Published January 15, 2021

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I'm immunocompromised. Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Question

I'm immunocompromised. Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Answer from infectious diseases expert Kelly Cawcutt, MD, MS

We've had questions from heart transplant recipients, people with Guillain-Barre and many others asking if the COVID-19 vaccines are safe to get. Yes, in general, we recommend immunocompromised people get a COVID-19 vaccine. If you have concerns or a specific question related to your condition, we encourage you to speak with your doctor before getting a vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna do not contain a live virus. Vaccines that do not involve giving a patient a live virus are generally safe for immunocompromised people. 

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