COVID-19 Vaccine and Dermatology
What you need to know
We are all excited that we finally have a chance to beat the COVID-19 pandemic with three vaccines – Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine and the Johnson and Johnson adenovirus based vaccine. All three vaccines are shown to be effective in protecting against COVID-19 and decreasing the risk of severe disease. However, we understand that you may have questions if getting the vaccine is right for you.
Here are common questions that we have been asked:
Yes. The National Psoriasis Foundation is advising patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. They also recommend continuing to take oral or biologic medications when receiving the vaccine.
Patients who are on biologics for other conditions such as hidradenitis suppurativa or atopic dermatitis may also consider taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you have an autoimmune condition, it is also advised that you get the vaccine.
The vaccine mounts an immune response to fight the COVID-19 virus. In the process, it may lead to temporary swelling around filler sites, although this is rare. Your board-certified dermatologist will advise you on how to treat the temporary swelling. This reaction is no different than if you had filler right after a dental procedure or during a time of another illness. We recommend that you get the vaccine if you have fillers.
Note – this post is for informational purposes only. We always recommend having a discussion with your healthcare provider to ensure that the vaccine is right for you. Please do not get the COVID-19 vaccine if you have had an allergic reaction to any ingredients such as polyethylene glycol.