Covid vaccines have tripped across the UK as the country’s various governments seek to inoculate everyone in the most vulnerable cohorts. Most people have jumped at the chance to receive the vaccine – which is up to 95 percent effective – but some people remain unconvinced. Issues remain around vaccine disinformation, with others unsure whether allergies will prevent them from having the jab.
Does the Covid vaccine contain penicillin?
The Covid vaccine is currently the clearest path out of the pandemic, and the only safe way to introduce herd immunity.
Several different versions exist, and vaccine manufacturers have used varying ingredients.
Some people may fear they can’t have the vaccine if it includes an ingredient they are allergic to.
Advice from the MHRA earlier this year said people with a history of severe reactions to other allergens such as food can now receive any vaccine.
But those who have specific allergies to vaccine ingredients still cannot.
An update to the vaccination programmes standard operating procedure reads: “A very small number of individuals have experienced anaphylaxis when vaccinated with the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
“Following close surveillance of the initial roll-out, the MHRA has advised that individuals with a history of anaphylaxis to food, an identified drug or vaccine, or an insect sting can receive any Covid-19 vaccine, as long as they are not known to be allergic to any component (excipient) of the vaccine.”