With the approval of the Moderna vaccine, Canada has official recommendations for those who should and should not be vaccinated.
Dr. Supriya Sharma, a senior medical advisor with Health Canada, said during a press conference on Wednesday that the same advice applies to the Moderna vaccine as to Pfizer.
It's the same advice we had for the Pfizer vaccine that if you have a serious allergy to one of the components or the vaccines, you should not get it.
Dr. Supriya Sharma
According to the Government of Canada, the only medical ingredient in the vaccine is mRNA.
The non-medical ingredients are as follows:
- 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DSPC)
- acetic acid
- lipid SM-102
- polyethylene glycol (PEG) 2000 DMG
- sodium acetate
- tromethamine hydrochloride
- water for injection
These recommendations also apply if you've ever had a severe allergic reaction to vaccines in the past.
If you have other serious allergies to foods or medications, you should talk to your healthcare practitioner about getting the vaccine.
Dr. Sharma noted that Moderna's clinical trials excluded people who had serious allergies to vaccines.
"With all vaccines, there is a risk of having allergic reactions," Dr. Sharma said.