According to the China CDC, Covid19 vaccines are safe for people with an allergy history, including antibiotics, since health authorities are trying to encourage a greater number of people to get jab.
“Some people are allergic to pollen, some have rhinitis – it’s what we call an allergic constitution and not related to what’s present in vaccines. They are not listed as contraindications to the Covid-19 vaccines,” An Zhijie, an official in charge of immunisation with the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, told state broadcaster CCTV on Monday (April 5).“The current vaccines do not contain antibiotics and therefore this is not a contraindication,” An added.
China was the first country to start rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine in July, but it now lags behind other countries with fewer shots administered per capita. By Monday, about 142 million doses had been administered, or around 10 per 100 people.
This compares to countries with higher inoculation rates, such as Israel, which has 114 doses per 100 people, the United Kingdom, which has 56 doses per 100 people, and the United States, which has 50 doses per 100 people.The immunisation gap jeopardizes the possibility of reopening borders, and Chinese authorities are eager to close the gap – particularly with the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and Zhangjiakou just 300 days away. China is ramping up vaccine development and education initiatives in the hopes of vaccinating 40% of the population, or around 560 million people, by June, and has set a goal of vaccinating 80% of the population by the beginning of next year.
Some contraindications for Chinese Covid-19 vaccines that were included when they were first approved for emergency use in July have been removed from official guidelines released at the end of last month.
With regard to allergies, it is advisable not to immunize under the latest guide only people who have a history of serious reactions to vaccines or products used in them.
An said the rate of allergic reactions to Covid-19 vaccines was “not high”, with rashes that clear up quickly the most common.
“The more serious ones like anaphylactic shock have occurred at a very, very low rate, less than 1 out of 100 million, about 15 minutes after vaccination,” he said. “It is important to stay at the vaccination site for 30 minutes afterwards so that serious adverse events like swelling in the throat or anaphylactic shock can be attended to immediately.”The Covid-19 vaccine is also effective for people with compromised immune systems and severe respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, according to the most recent recommendations.
The Chinese government has increased vaccination drives, including a major campaign in the capital Beijing.
In the eastern Dongcheng district, a sign reads: “Taking the Covid-19 vaccine is every citizen’s right, obligation and responsibility.” It says people with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart stents, only one kidney, and aged in their 90s have been inoculated with no problem, imploring residents to “please believe in the science”.Beijing residents were also provided with incentives for the two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from eggs to supermarket cups.
And local authorities in certain districts have started publicly shaming low-vaccination companies and residential complexes.
In central Xicheng, the management of buildings is provided with colored plates to show their inoculation rates, with 80% of residents or workers showing their green, 40% orange and 80% red, and less than 40% red. Busses are also converted for use in the district as mobile sites of vaccination.
Source: South China Morning Post