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Have allergies and worried about the Covid-19 vaccine?
However, the overwhelming evidence is that the vaccine is safe for everyone whether-or-not they have allergies or other health conditions, and it is far, far safer than remaining unvaccinated and at risk of getting Covid-19. Our allergy/clinical immunology specialists and others advise:
The vaccine is safe for:
See here for further information:
How do we know it is safe?
Millions of doses have been administered globally. Countries distributing the vaccine have systems in place to report adverse reactions. We know from this that:
In New Zealand, all vaccine centres are required to observe those who have been vaccinated for at least 15 minutes, know the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, how to respond if it should occur, and have adrenaline on hand. There have been few reports of anaphylaxis.
For more information, see How can we be confident getting vaccinated is safe? on Vimeo
Is there anyone who can’t have the vaccine?
The list of reasons why the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may not be suitable is short:
Before the first dose:
After problems with the first dose:
If you meet any of these criteria, please contact your GP to discuss how to be safely vaccinated.
What is the long-term risk?
The known risks of COVID-19 illness and its related, possibly severe complications, such as long-term health problems, hospitalization, and even death, far outweigh the potential risks of having a rare adverse reaction to vaccination, including the possible risk of myocarditis.
A study from the University of Oxford and the UK National Institute for Health Research found more than one in three people with Covid-19 would experience at least one symptom of long Covid up to 6 months after being infected.
The most common were breathing problems, abdominal symptoms, fatigue, pain and anxiety or depression.
Final piece of advice
Every day someone waits to decide whether or not to be vaccinated, they are at risk of serious – and possibly long-term - health problems from catching Covid-19. They are also a risk to others – the virus is highly infectious.
Please don’t delay – get vaccinated today.
COVID-19 Vaccine and Allergies
The advice from the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology & Allergy (ASCIA) is that the Pfizer vaccine is safe for people with allergies. See their FAQ, and information from the Ministry of Health, below.
COVID-19: Vaccine side effects and reactions | Ministry of Health NZ
Vaccination Clinic at 581 Mt Eden Road - 09 623 4599
Vaccinations will be freely available to all members of your family who are over the age of 12 years. If you know of others living with allergies who may be interested in this service, please invite them to book and attend as well.
They will ask you to provide your name, NHI number (if you have it), date of birth and contact phone number for each individual who will be included in your vaccination booking.
We hope this initiative provides some extra comfort and safety to you and your family during these challenging times.
Product labels on these three Weet-Bix products have been updated to reflect a new risk of cross contact with soy. These packs now include the statement “May contain soy”. Soy allergen flashes (‘Now May Contain Soy’) have been included on top and side of pack for all products that contain this allergen to help consumers identify this change.
Products affected by this change will be on supermarket shelves from late August/early September.
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The Allergy New Zealand team is currently working remotely and our office will be closed until further notice.
Please take care of yourselves during this time, and adhere to Ministry of Health precautions to help keep our friends and whānau as safe as possible.
31 July 2020
FundaPen™ - a national success!
Thanks to the $300,000 donation from Pub Charity last year, a total of 2875 free Epipens® have been distributed across New Zealand. The last Fundapen™ provided by this donation was distributed this week. We are incredibly grateful for this donation and the support it has provided to people with allergies at risk of anaphylaxis.
Special thanks also goes to the thousands of General Practice teams, Clinicians, Health Professionals and AllergyPharmacy.co.nz who supported this unique opportunity.
Moving forward, normal prescriber protocols will apply and patients will be required to pay for their own Epipens®. Unfortunately, we have no further funding available to continue this initiative. We invite PHARMAC, or other potential supporters, to work alongside Allergy New Zealand to help fund this life-saving medicine. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
6 April 2020
Latest food recalls
MPI/New Zealand Food Safety monitors food safety, including compliance with allergen management and labelling. Please check all labels when purchasing food, and also on medicines and natural health products. If you have any concerns about undeclared allergens, contact MPI Food Safety on 0800 00 83 33, or email: email@example.com
For a full list of food recalls, go to:
To receive email alerts on food recalls due to undeclared allergens, go to Subscribe to MPI | MPI | NZ Government, enter your email address and name, then go down to “Email Update Topics” and tick on “Food recalls – allergies”
Allergy Today e-newsletterOur October 2021 issue of the Allergy Today e-newsletter is available here. If you would like to subscribe to receive future issues, click here.
See past issues:
Pollen CalendarFREE Annual Pollen Calendar
Download your very own copy here
Nip Allergies in the BubSee the latest advice on Allergy prevention from Australia's National Allergy Strategy here.
2018 Food Allergen Labelling GuideThere are now 10 food allergens which must be declared on labels, and/or information provided on food for sale. Allergy New Zealand’s 2018 Food Allergen Labelling Guide is available here.
Guide to ACC Cover for Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis)January 2018
The ACC guide, developed in consultation with Allergy New Zealand and Allergy specialists, is now available online here
For more information on anaphylaxis, and advice on ACC claims, go here
Hospitality training video27 July, 2016
Aimed at front-of-house staff, this video describes steps to take in serving a customer with food allergies.
Find more information here.
Food Allergies - undeclared allergensIf you suspect that there is an undeclared allergen in a food, contact MPI Food Safety on 0800 00 83 33, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details go to MPI Food Safety here
Information on potential food allergens that must be declared on food labels or made available to you if you ask for it. See the Food Smart website here
Anaphylaxis Campaign - #takethekit
Our friends at Anaphylaxis Campaign have recently released a hard-hitting short film to alert severely allergic young people to the importance of carrying their Adrenaline Auto-Injector (AAI), the first line of treatment for anaphylaxis. Watch the video here.