In many cases, teens with pre-existing conditions like diabetes, IBD or other autoimmune diseases, or those who are taking medications that compromise their immune system, are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19 infection. The COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized for use cannot cause COVID-19, even in those with weak immune systems. Therefore, individuals with immune-compromising conditions may get the COVID-19 vaccine, as long as they are not in one of the following categories:
- Have a severe allergy to a vaccine component (i.e., one that causes anaphylaxis or requires medical intervention)
- Have a history of severe allergy to any vaccine or injectable medication
Talk with your child’s healthcare professional to discuss individual risks and benefits and determine whether your child should receive the vaccine.