On Friday, December 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of the first vaccine for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Several other vaccine candidates are currently being developed and tested, and multiple vaccines may become available in the weeks and months ahead. MyEczemaTeam will reach out to specialists in the days to come to find out what this means for people with eczema.
Members of MyEczemaTeam share a variety of viewpoints regarding a COVID-19 vaccine. “I want to get vaccinated, as some patches of broken skin on my hands make me worry about exposure to COVID-19 germs,” wrote one member. Others expressed more caution and are waiting to learn more.
Your doctor knows all the details of your eczema, the treatments you take, and other aspects of your health history. This makes them the best source for guidance as you weigh the benefits and risks associated with the vaccine. Many MyEczemaTeam members are already talking to their doctors about COVID-19 vaccines.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is reviewing clinical trial data on the COVID-19 vaccine to determine whether to recommend it and, if so, who should take it. The ACIP will consider factors like age, underlying medical conditions, race, and ethnicity. With vaccines on the way, people living with eczema will need accurate information to make decisions about being vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Here is what is known so far:
MyEczemaTeam knows there are many questions that remain unanswered. We will be reaching out to eczema specialists to find out the following:
Over the weeks to come, MyEczemaTeam will provide updates as we learn more about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines for people with eczema, including those taking corticosteroids.
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