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Last updated: April 13, 2021
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine ‘on pause’
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are recommending a "pause" in the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of an "abundance of caution" while an investigation is conducted into 6 reports of apparently rare, potentially dangerous blood clots. All six cases (among 6.8 million doses already administered) occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.
All providers in the state will pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J & J) vaccine starting immediately, following the guidance of the FDA/CDC. Use of that vaccine will be put on hold until we receive further recommendations from our federal partners about how best to move forward. Safety is the highest priority when it comes to all COVID-19 vaccines.
Anyone who has received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.
Vaccine Eligibility Expands: Governor Tim Walz announced that all Minnesotans 16 years of age and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination beginning Tuesday, March 30. The final eligibility expansion comes as the federal government has promised an increased supply of vaccine by April. By expanding eligibility to all Minnesotans, providers across the state will have the flexibility they need to fill appointments and support the state’s most critical goal: to get as many Minnesotans vaccinated as quickly as possible to end this pandemic.
Many opportunities to get your vaccine
- All Minnesotans who have not yet received a vaccine should sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector. The Connector helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Once registered, you are entered into the random selection process for the state’s Community Vaccination Program site in Rochester;
- Use the Vaccine Locator Map to find vaccine providers in our area;
- Your primary health care provider or local pharmacy may reach out to you directly to schedule an appointment;
- Your employer may reach out to you with information about how to schedule an appointment at one of the vaccination clinics at Public Health.
Remember: All vaccines are safe and effective. The best vaccine is the first one offered to you. Vaccines are available at no cost, however, some clinics and pharmacies may charge an administration fee.
Providers will continue to prioritize vaccine appointments for older Minnesotans, those with underlying health conditions, and those in frontline jobs. Providers will then have the flexibility to provide available appointments to other eligible Minnesotans.
Navigating who is eligible and how to receive a vaccine can be challenging. Several locations offer vaccines to various groups, as vaccines become available to them.
Hospitals and clinics
- Mayo Clinic: Patients will be contacted directly.
- Olmsted Medical Center: Patients will be contacted directly.
- Community Health Services: Call clinic for more information.
- Rochester Clinic: Patients will be contacted directly.
Olmsted County Public Health: Continue to work with employers to vaccinate staff and prioritize based on the identified essential workers within the various Phases. Employers are contacted when vaccine is available and staff register for appointments using a secure link. Not vaccinating individuals at this time; individuals will be contacted by their health care provider when they are eligible.
Please do NOT contact your health care provider or public health about receiving the vaccine.
Local pharmacies: Use the Vaccine Connector to find locations in this area.
State of Minnesota
- State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program (CVP): The state of Minnesota is using a random selection process to schedule appointments at our community vaccination sites. If you signed up for pre-registration in the past and have not yet been randomly selected, you will continue to have the opportunity to be chosen to make an appointment for a vaccine at one of the community vaccination sites across the state. Individuals who are currently eligible can now sign up with the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector. The connector will help you find out when, where, and how to get your vaccine.
Please be patient and remember that demand for vaccine far exceeds supply.
More opportunities for vaccination will be coming as we get more vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccine FAQs
Why is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine being 'paused'?
The use of the Johnson & Johnson (J & J) vaccine was paused on April 13, 2021, following the guidance of the FDA/CDC. Use of that vaccine will be put on hold while we wait for additional recommendations from our state and federal partners about how best to move forward. Safety is the highest priority when it comes to all COVID-19 vaccines.
This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution based on the appearance of a rare but serious side effect including serious brain blood clots (CVST) combined with low platelet counts in six patients, all women under 50. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will review these cases in the days ahead and will recommend guidance going forward.
Anyone who has received the J&J vaccine and developed severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.
What vaccines are available? (3/6/21)
COVID-19 vaccines are authorized and then recommended for use in the United States. It is important to understand what is known about each vaccine. The CDC provides vaccine information on who is and is not recommended to receive each vaccine and what to expect after vaccination, as well as ingredients, safety, and effectiveness.
Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19:
- Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is for ages sixteen and older. Two doses are needed, 21 days apart.
- Moderna vaccine is for ages eighteen and older. Two doses are needed, 28 days apart.
- Johnson & Johnson / Janssen is for ages eighteen and older. One dose needed
Why do we need a vaccine?
Getting vaccinated is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your community. A COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from getting sick and potentially prevent you from spreading the virus to others. It is important to note that a vaccine will not replace the need to continue other actions that stop the spread of COVID-19. This is especially true while we are still in the process of administering the vaccine, and this may take many months. The vaccine is not mandatory, yet highly encouraged by healthcare experts.
What if I lost my vaccination Card or never received one? (4/6/21)
Many people received a COVID-19 vaccine card when they received their vaccination. Some did not get a card and others have lost, misplaced or forgotten to enter the information needed. Individuals who need complete and official proof of their COVID-19 vaccinations, have a couple of options:
- If you received your vaccine at an Olmsted County Public Health clinic, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and request your vaccination information. Please include your full name and date of birth in the email. A screen shot of your vaccine record at Public Health will be sent within a few days of receipt.
- If you received your vaccine at provider or pharmacy: contact provider directly and ask to have a copy of your vaccine record emailed, mailed to you, or available for pick up from your provider.
- If you received your vaccine at any provider in Minnesota: use the link below to request a copy of your vaccine record from MIIC (Minnesota Immunization Information Connection). May take 5-8 business days.
Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19? (3/9/21)
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19.
Can I travel safely if I've been vaccinated? (4/5/21)
The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. However, fully vaccinated can travel safely within the United States. find more information about travel guidelines from the CDC
After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test? (3/9/21)
No. Neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection. If your body develops an immune response—the goal of vaccination—there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.
How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost?
The federal government covers the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine; it will be provided to people at no cost. Providers will be able to charge an administration fee. This can be reimbursed through the patient’s insurance or the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund. So, people getting the vaccine may be asked for insurance information.
Aren't masking, social distancing, and self-quarantining reasonable alternatives to COVID-19 vaccination?
Given the extent of COVID-19 spread in the U.S., masking, social distancing and self-quarantining will not be enough to contain the pandemic. Developing large-scale immunity in the community through vaccination is key to stopping the pandemic.
Everyone will need to continue to take precautions, such as masking and physical distancing until the spread has stopped. Until then, COVID-19 spread can continue in the community from people who have or don't have symptoms.
A person can be contagious for as many as 14 days without symptoms. A person can develop symptoms but be contagious before symptoms start. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others, beginning two days before symptoms develop and up to 10 days after becoming sick.
What if I get a vaccine in another part of the state/another state, can I schedule my second one in Rochester?
Please call our COVID community call line at 507-328-2822. Staff will take your information and when vaccine is available, you will be contacted using the information provided. We cannot guarantee a second dose, yet we will work with our partners and do our best.
Vaccine distribution (updated 3/26/21)
Who can get vaccinated and when? (3/26/21)
Governor Tim Walz announced that all Minnesotans 16 years of age and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination beginning Tuesday, March 30. The final eligibility expansion comes as the federal government has promised an increased supply of vaccine by April. By expanding eligibility to all Minnesotans, providers across the state will have the flexibility they need to fill appointments and support the state’s most critical goal: to get as many Minnesotans vaccinated as quickly as possible to end this pandemic.
Vaccine appointments may continue to be limited until a large and steady supply of vaccine is available in the state. All area providers continue to follow the recommendations and guidelines provided by the Minnesota Department of Health and MN Governors' Office.
Where can I find listings of vaccine providers? (2/10/21)
The State of Minnesota has a new vaccine finder map to help residents search for local providers.
The map now gives all seniors across the state the opportunity to find vaccine opportunities in their area. Minnesotans can use the map to find vaccine providers near them and contact those healthcare providers with questions. However, providers on this list, may or may not have vaccine available on a consistent basis.
What if I don’t have a medical provider? (2/10/21)
Individuals over the age of 65+ who are uninsured Olmsted County residents, regional agricultural workers with or without insurance as well those who are established patients of Community Health Services or Good Samaritan Clinic can contact CHSI directly.
When could vaccines become widely available?
The FDA has approved 3 vaccines -- Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. All three are safe and effective. Pfizer and Moderna require two doses, while Johnson & Johnson requires only one.
Where can I find the latest information regarding vaccine distribution?
The Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine webpage has a wealth of information, including the number of vaccines distributed to providers and the total number of vaccines given. Vaccination numbers for Olmsted County can also be found on our COVID-19 Response dashboard
Safety and effectiveness
Is the vaccine safe and effective?
Vaccine approval is driven by science. The FDA, CDC, and independent advisors all review vaccine safety and effectiveness data before any vaccine is approved or allowed for distribution. COVID-19 vaccines go through all of the usual steps and phases that all vaccines go through to get full approval. Early-phase studies of the vaccines show that they are safe.
There are many COVID-19 vaccine candidates in development, yet currently, only three have received emergency use authorization from the FDA – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen. To receive emergency use authorization, the biopharmaceutical manufacturer must have followed at least half of the study participants for at least two months after completing the vaccination series, and the vaccine must be proven safe and effective in that population. In addition to the safety review by the FDA, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has convened a panel of vaccine safety experts to independently evaluate the safety data from the clinical trial. Mayo Clinic vaccine experts also will review available data. The safety of the COVID-19 vaccine is being closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
You can visit the CDC's website for more information about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html.
Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day?
Yes. People who want to get pregnant in the future may receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Based on current knowledge, experts believe that COVID-19 vaccines are unlikely to pose a risk to a person trying to become pregnant in the short or long term. Scientists study every vaccine carefully for side effects immediately and for years afterward. The COVID-19 vaccines are being studied carefully now and will continue to be studied for many years, similar to other vaccines.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children?
Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are not recommended for children:
- Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is for ages 16 and above
- Moderna vaccine is for ages 18and above.
Clinical trials are ongoing to identify a safe vaccine for children.
When will COVID-19 vaccines be available for use in children? (3/9/21)
In the coming months, we will hear about the results from the trials as they enroll and study these COVID-19 vaccines in each pediatric group. We have no real reason to think that the results will be significantly different than what we have seen in adults. But, obviously, children are a unique population. And, so, that's why we need to ensure that they're studied in pediatric age group. We need to demonstrate and prove that they are in fact safe and effective in that age group. Based on the ages that are now being enrolled in the trials, it is likely that the approval for use in children over 12 will come first before approval for use in younger age groups.
Why are most children not yet eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19? (3/9/21)
The reason for this is that vaccine manufacturers have not yet completed clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines in pediatric age groups. In other words, no COVID-19 vaccine will be approved for use in children until it has been demonstrated to be safe and effective in that age group. Those are the trials that are going on now. Now that the adult trials are well underway and continue to be in progress, vaccine manufacturers have extended enrollment to the lower age limits ― down to 12 ― for both vaccines.
The process that's being followed here is typical of what is done when studying a vaccine. Most vaccines will generally be tested in healthy adult populations initially. After that, we start looking at maybe more vulnerable populations, like children or pregnant women. Obviously in this situation, given the COVID-19 pandemic and the emergency nature, they are quite rapidly including other groups in the trials, so that we can get the vaccine out to as many people as possible to help end the pandemic.
Until children are approved to be vaccinated for COVID-19, should eligible adults who live with children be vaccinated for COVID-19? (3/9/21)
Yes. It is very helpful for anyone who becomes eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to be vaccinated. The reason for that is that we are trying to achieve herd immunity to try to slow down and stop the pandemic. This refers to when you have enough of a population that is immune to an infection that the infection cannot easily jump from one person to the other. Herd immunity slows down transmission, so even if children are not yet eligible for vaccination, if the adults around them are vaccinated, that provides them with some protection. In that case, they are less likely to be exposed to COVID-19. Until children are approved to be vaccinated for COVID-19, we certainly encourage any adults who are eligible and live with children to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
How many shots of the COVID-19 vaccine will be needed?
Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses roughly 2-3 weeks apart. You will schedule an appointment to receive your second dose when you schedule your first. Johnson & Johnson/Janssen requires only one shot.
*One vaccine is being developed by Johnson and Johnson that would require only one dose if approved.
Is one dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine effective?
One dose of vaccine has not been fully tested. Two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine provide over 90% protection. When the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to you, and after you receive your first dose, you should schedule the second dose appointment before leaving your doctor’s office. The FDA dismissed the idea of using half doses or making changes to the FDA-authorized dosing or schedules.
What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
About 15% of people develop symptoms, primarily headache, chills, fatigue, or muscle pain, or fever. These transient reactions, which indicate a person's immune system is responding to the vaccine, resolved without complication or injury.
Will I have a choice of which vaccine I get?
Patients cannot choose which vaccine to receive at this time. Given initial limited supplies, we will distribute available vaccines to the highest risk groups based on guidance from the CDC and MDH.
How long will a COVID-19 vaccination offer protection?
It is not yet known how long COVID-19 vaccination will offer protection. Periodic boosters, such as with the annual flu shot, may or may not be needed.
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I got the flu vaccine?
Yes. We recommend all staff get the flu vaccine and when it becomes available the COVID-19 vaccine.
What to expect after vaccination
What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?
We know that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick and evidence now shows that people who have been fully vaccinated can return to do some of the things that they stopped doing last year because of the pandemic.
People are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
Regardless of vaccination status, we all need to keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more.
New CDC guidance (3/8/2021)
If you’ve been fully vaccinated:
- You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
- You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
- However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.
You still need to:
- Take steps to protect yourself and others in many situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Take these precautions whenever you are:
- In public
- Gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household
- Visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk
- Avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.
- Delay domestic and international travel. If you do travel, you’ll still need to follow CDC requirements and recommendations.
- Watch for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
- Follow guidance from the state and at your place of work.
Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have received two doses of the vaccine?
Yes. It may take time for everyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccination to get one. Also, while the vaccine may prevent you from getting sick, it is unknown at this time if you can still carry and transmit the virus to others after vaccination.
Until more is understood about how well the vaccine works and the level of protection that it provides under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like wearing a face mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.
Can those who have had COVID-19 get vaccinated for COVID-19?
Yes. We recommend getting vaccinated for COVID-19, even for those who have had COVID-19 previously. People should wait until they are no longer infectious to get vaccinated.
Will persons who get the vaccine still have to wear face masks?
Yes. While the vaccine is highly effective at preventing symptomatic and severe disease, it is not 100% effective, and it is not yet known how well it prevents asymptomatic infection, or how long its effects will last. Everyone will need to continue taking precautions like masking and physical distancing until the spread has stopped.
COVID-19 Vaccination Planning for Businesses
This form is intended for Olmsted County businesses (added 1/7/21)
Olmsted County continues to provide vaccinations to those identified in priority groups as established by the MN Department of Health. Vaccines are not provided on a first come first serve basis. This form helps us to quickly contact your business once we are ready to administer the vaccination for the priority group you fall in as soon as vaccine is available.
More information can be found at www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine.
Please complete the form below if you are an Olmsted County business.
COVID-19 Weekly Update
April 13, 2021
Johnson & Johnson vaccine “on pause”
All vaccine providers in Olmsted County will pause use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine starting immediately, following guidance from the FDA/CDC. Use of the J&J vaccine will be put on hold until we receive further recommendations from state and federal partners about how best to move forward. Safety is the highest priority when it comes to all COVID-19 vaccines.
This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution based on the appearance of a rare but serious side effect including brain blood clots (CVST) combined with low platelet counts in six patients, all women under 50. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will review these cases in the days ahead and recommend guidance going forward.
If you received the J&J vaccine and developed severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination, please contact your health care provider.
Need proof of vaccination?
At this time, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not needed; however, many people received a COVID-19 vaccine card when receiving their vaccination. The card is for your personal records – you don’t need to worry if you have lost, misplaced, or forgotten to enter the information on the card. Should you need your vaccination information, you have a couple of options:
- If you received your vaccine at an Olmsted County Public Health Services (OCPHS) clinic: Send an email to email@example.com and request your vaccination information. Please include your full name in the email. A screenshot of your vaccine record at OCPHS will be sent within a few days.
- If you received your vaccine at a medical provider or pharmacy: Contact your provider directly and ask to have a copy of your vaccine record emailed, mailed, or available for pickup from the provider.
- If you received your vaccine at OCPHS/Provider/Pharmacy: Request a copy of vaccine record from the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC). Your request may take 5-8 business days to process.
COVID-19: Reasonable accommodations
The following information comes from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.
The Minnesota Work from Home Order expires on April 15, 2021, at which time employers may request employees return to workplaces. Employers are encouraged to allow employees who can work from home to do so.
If an employee has a disability that affects their risk of contracting COVID-19 or being harmed if they do contract the virus (such as diabetes, a compromised immune system, or pregnancy), they have the right to request a reasonable accommodation from their employer. Reasonable accommodations include, but are not limited to, telework, paid/unpaid leave, a staggered work schedule, and changing workstations.
COVID-19 education and outreach in Olmsted County
We continue to work with our local FQHC (Community Health Services), medical partners (Mayo Clinic and Rochester Clinic) and key community partners (including IMAA, Rochester Healthy Community Partnership, Diversity Council, local churches and many more) to provide important and accurate information about COVID-19 disease and vaccines to our cultural communities. We are using a community connector model that uses well-known, respected community members and influencers, to co-create and spread messages through town hall meetings, social media, and other avenues to help build vaccine confidence and assist with vaccination clinics. Watch this three-minute video to learn more.
Olmsted County continues to make steady progress and is ahead of the state in vaccinations for all age groups.
Olmsted County Public Health Services (OCPHS)
OCPHS continues to prioritize essential workers and employers per the governor’s order and giving priority to businesses who have completed the COVID-19 Vaccination Planning for Business Form. OCPHS is also working with local school districts to help us reach parents of children ages 16-17 and schedule vaccinations. To date, OCPHS has vaccinated nearly 15,000 individuals. When clinics are not filled with individuals from our business community, we offer the vaccine to people who have registered in advance. Vaccine clinics are by appointment only and are first-come, first-served. The Olmsted County website will be updated with new dates and times based on OCPHS's vaccination allocation. Individuals should check the website daily for changes and updates.
Mayo Clinic will continue to follow a balanced approach, in accordance with state directives, as it continues to prioritize vaccination for patients. Mayo will send vaccine appointment invitations to patients with underlying conditions and as vaccine supply allows, increase vaccination opportunities for Minnesota residents who are 16 and older.
Mayo Clinic patients who have a Patient Online Services account are invited to check the New Appointments section to see if appointments are available. If you don't have a Patient Online Services account, call Mayo Clinic Customer Assistance at 877-858-0398 (toll-free) to create one. If no appointments are available, check back as appointments are released as vaccine is received, or check the VaccineFinder page at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the MDH Vaccine Connector, which lists vaccination location information.
It may take several weeks to accommodate all patients eligible to receive vaccine in Rochester. If you find an earlier opportunity through another provider who has vaccine on hand, you should take it.
Olmsted Medical Center (OMC)
OMC will be vaccinating the following groups of patients:
- Age 16+ with one or more of the following underlying conditions: Sickle cell disease, Down syndrome, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), cancer, heart conditions, immunocompromised, obesity, Diabetes Type 1 or 2, and pregnancy.
- Age 50-64, regardless of current health status.
OMC will continue to use a randomized process for determining who will be offered a time slot to be vaccinated.
OMC will reach out to patients in the following ways:
- If you have an OMC MyChart patient portal account, a message will be sent to you through the portal.
- If you have email notifications for messages turned on, the email will read “A new COVID-19 vaccine scheduling ticket available in OMC MyChart.”
- If you have questions about OMC MyChart, you can call 507-287-2780 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).
- If you do not have an OMC MyChart account, you will be contacted by phone or text message.
Please do not call your care provider about getting the vaccine, they will contact you.
Education / information
The following information comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Anaphylaxis after COVID-19 vaccination is rare. If this occurs, vaccination providers can effectively and immediately treat the reaction.
CDC and FDA scientists have evaluated reports from people who experienced a type of severe allergic reaction—anaphylaxis—after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Anaphylaxis after COVID-19 vaccination is rare and occurred in approximately 2 to 5 people per million vaccinated in the United States based on events reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). This kind of allergic reaction almost always occurs within 30 minutes after vaccination. Fortunately, vaccination providers have medicines available to effectively and immediately treat patients who experience anaphylaxis following vaccination. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and allergic reactions.
The CDC reports that 167 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through April 5, 2021. During this time, VAERS received 2,794 reports of death (0.00167%) among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine.
CDC and FDA physicians review each report of death as soon as notified and CDC requests medical records to further assess reports. A review of available clinical information including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records revealed no evidence that vaccination contributed to patient deaths. CDC and FDA will continue to investigate reports of adverse events, including deaths, reported to VAERS.
For more information, view the CDC website.