We get many questions about the COVID vaccine and hope this post will answer yours.
At this time we are not offering the Covid Vaccine in our offices, but please check back to our website for any further updates.
As you know, vaccines in Connecticut are offered in phases depending on your risk group. As of this writing (1/18/21), we are in Phase 1B. Phases 1A and 1B candidates can be viewed here. Continue to check the Connecticut Department of Health web site and pay attention to local newscasts for updates.
The next group to be eligible will include people younger than 75 with high risk conditions identified by the CDC here. Keep checking this site for updates.
When you are eligible, you will be able to sign up for a shot appointment through the CT Department of Health Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE: Do not try to sign up until you are eligible. DO NOT LIE on the VAMS as getting a vaccine before you are eligible might prevent someone at higher risk than you from getting vaccinated.
According to current guidelines, virtually EVERYBODY can get the vaccine without special precaution and should be observed for 15 minutes. This includes all patients with allergy (including anaphylaxis) to food, medication, venom, aeroallergen sensitivity, and even those with idiopathic anaphylaxis.
People with a history of anaphylaxis to another vaccine or any INJECTABLE medication should get the vaccine and be observed for 30 minutes afterwards.
The ONLY patients who should not be immunized are those who have had anaphylaxis to a component of the COVID vaccine (of which there are few that are RARE allergens or NOT allergens. The most common of the very rare allergens is polyethylene glycol). The vaccine DOES NOT contain any food derivatives or other medications including neomycin.
Please try to schedule your allergy shot appointments on line. Your best bet might be to go through the “Patient Center” on this web site. The link is towards the top of our home page. Unfortunately, the app for you phone is not dependable.
If you are over due for your injections, please call a day or so in advance to let our nurses know you will be coming back in. They will have time to make sure your the proper vials (right concentration) are prepared before you arrive so you will have a much shorter wait and improve your social distancing.
Palforzia has been approved by the FDA for oral peanut desensitization in children 4-17 years old. It is not yet commercially available and at this point we do not know when it will be available. When it is available, dispensing will be done only in the allergist’s office. It will not be available in pharmacies and at this point we do not know if it will be available in other physicians’ offices.
The product is designed to decrease the risk if there is an accidental ingestion of peanut. It is not a “cure” for peanut allergy and during treatment patients still need to avoid peanuts.
When it is available, it requires a big time commitment from the patient and the family. The first day of treatment lasts most of the day in the doctor’s office. Patients then take a measured dose every day at home with certain recommendations made to increase safety. Patients return to the office every 2 weeks for increasing doses for a minimum of 11 more visits depending on how easily they are able to increase their every 2 week doses. Patients who have reactions to the treatment or miss doses will take longer to reach the top dose. Once patients reach the top dose, they remain on that dose indefinitely or the benefits of the treatment are lost.
Because it is so time-consuming, we here at FCAAIA are discussing how to safely implement Palforzia in our practice.
The treatment is not risk-free. Patients interested in Palforzia treatment will need to discuss the risks with their allergist.
More to come when we have more information to tell you!