When COVID-19 first arrived, panic came with it. Thanks to years of previous research, a vaccine was developed within a matter of months. Suddenly, things began looking up. But for those with bleeding disorders, one question remained. Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for people with a bleeding disorder?
The Quick Answer: Get Vaccinated
Bleeding disorders can make life complicated. But with no associated increase in COVID-19 risk, you aren’t part of a priority group for the vaccine. That doesn’t mean you don’t need the vaccine. In fact, you should get vaccinated against COVID-19, especially as scientists have found no increased risk of the vaccine for those with bleeding disorders.
Why You Need a Vaccine
Much of the public discussion about COVID-19 revolves around symptomatic problems. Lung complications, body aches, fever and general fatigue are all in the news. But there is one complication not often discussed: blood clots.
Unfortunately, treatment for COVID-19-related blood clots typically requires blood-thinning medication. This can be dangerous for those with a bleeding disorder. Therefore, avoiding COVID-19 is vital and vaccination is the best way to do so. Currently, the only group of people who should avoid vaccination are those with an allergy to the vaccine’s ingredients.
Vaccination Tips for Those With a Bleeding Disorder
Have a bleeding disorder? When receiving your COVID-19 vaccine, consider the following:
- Request the smallest possible needle
- Apply post-injection pressure to the site for at least 10 minutes
- Inspect the injection area for abnormalities for the first few hours
- Contact your provider immediately if you experience swelling of the face or tongue, fever, skin rash that itches, shortness of breath or redness
Check With Your Provider
Ready to get your COVID-19 vaccination? Check with your provider. Your bleeding disorder is unique to you. While the vaccine is generally safe for people with a bleeding disorder, it is safest to consult your primary care provider.