Based on current advice from the CDC and Tennessee Department of Health, we recommend the following:
Who should NOT get the COVID-19 vaccine?
- People younger than 16. The vaccine is currently being studied in children.
- People with a history of a serious reaction (such as anaphylaxis) to a vaccine ingredient. For information about what's in the vaccine, see this page or refer to the manufacturer’s package insert.
- People who received a monoclonal antibody infusion for treatment of COVID-19 within the past 90 days. These people are eligible to receive the vaccine after the 90 days, when the monoclonal antibodies are no longer present in their system.
Who should not get the COVID-19 vaccine without talking first to their health care provider?
People with a documented history of bleeding or platelet disorders (such as hemophilia) should discuss with their provider before getting the vaccine. This is because of risks of bleeding due to the injection (not specific to the COVID-19 vaccine).
Who CAN receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
Anyone not listed in the groups above can safely receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes the following:
- People who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The COVID-19 vaccine was not studied in these groups but the risk of serious COVID-19 infection in pregnant women is high.
- People who have problems with their immune system, due to underlying illness or medications. The vaccine may be less effective in these groups. But is safe and may prevent severe COVID-19 infection.
- People who have autoimmune or rheumatologic disorders. The vaccine is safe and does not cause activation of autoimmune disorders. It may prevent severe COVID-19 infection.
- People who previously had COVID-19 infection. The vaccine will help prevent re-infection with COVID-19.