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Virtual Meetings about COVID-19 Vaccines

The following two online events are being hosted by the peak professional bodies for allergy and immunology in Australia, New Zealand and Asia and registration is free.  

ASI-ASCIA COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Online Fireside Chat on Wednesday 31st March 2021, 6.30-7.30pm AEST with Dr Paul Turner, who leads the COVID-19 vaccine allergy surveillance unit in the UK and Prof Michaela Lucas, who is a clinician-scientist and ASCIA President. Register here 

APAAACI COVID-19: Allergies and Vaccines, Understanding the Facts and Myths on Monday 12th April 2021, 7-8pm (GMT+8, Singapore Standard Time). Register here

APAAACI COVID 19 Allergies and Vaccines Understanding the Facts and Myths

In the meantime information is available in the ASCIA ASCIA Allergy, Immunodeficiency, Autoimmunity and COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ which includes the following key statements:

  • Vaccination is an important way to reduce the risk of developing infectious diseases which can easily spread. This includes COVID-19, which is caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Immunity occurs after the vaccine stimulates a person’s immune system to make antibodies (immunoglobulins) to help protect the body from future infections. This means that if a person is vaccinated, they will be less likely to get COVID-19. Even if a person does get infected, it is likely to be a milder illness.
  • Public health measures and restrictions that were implemented by the Australian and New Zealand governments since March 2020 have been successful in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in our countries. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a major cause of illness and deaths in other countries. This means that vaccination programs are required throughout the world, including Australia and New Zealand.  
  • COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Australia and New Zealand are not live-attenuated vaccines and are safe for people with immune system disorders, including allergy, immunodeficiency or autoimmune conditions.
  • Allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines are rare. However, if there is a high risk of an allergic reaction to one of the vaccines, it may be possible to have another vaccine, subject to availability and medical advice.