The CDC Says You Need to Delay Your Vaccination in These 2 Cases

While most people have to wait already, this may delay your COVID vaccine even further.

Healthcare workers and government officials in the United States are currently in the process of getting their coronavirus vaccines, and many other Americans are anxiously awaiting their opportunity. According to most projections, the general public should start to get vaccinated in April or May of next year. While that may already seem like a long time to some, there are a few other things that could delay your COVID vaccine even further. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you will have to defer your COVID vaccination under certain conditions. Read on to find out why you may end up waiting even longer, and for more vaccine news, discover The One Thing About the COVID Vaccine That's Surprising Even Doctors.

You will have to wait to get your vaccine if you have COVID.

man getting tested for covid

The CDC says that vaccines should be offered to those that have already had the coronavirus. However, if you have COVID at the time of your planned vaccination, the CDC asks that you quarantine and wait for your symptoms to subside instead.

"Vaccination of persons with known current SARS-CoV-2 infection should be deferred until the person has recovered from the acute illness (if the person had symptoms) and criteria have been met for them to discontinue isolation," the CDC states in their coronavirus vaccine considerations. And for more vaccine guidance, You Need to Do This Before Getting the Vaccine, White House Official Says.

And you will have to wait for your second dose if you get COVID after your first.


The COVID vaccine requires two separate doses given 21 to 28 days apart (depending on which vaccine you get). And since the vaccines are only somewhat effective after the first dose, it is possible to contract the coronavirus during those weeks in-between. If you get COVID between your first dose and your second, the CDC also asks that you delay your next vaccination.

"While there is otherwise no recommended minimum interval between infection and vaccination, current evidence suggests that reinfection is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection," the CDC says. "Thus, persons with documented acute SARS-CoV-2 infection in the preceding 90 days may delay vaccination until near the end of this period, if desired." And for more on the double doses, These Are the Only People Who Shouldn't Get 2 Doses of the COVID Vaccine

You also might not be able to get the vaccine if you have a history of severe allergic reactions.


The CDC has issued many considerations for those with a history of allergic reactions. For people who have only experienced mild reactions, you should be fine, but anyone with a history of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions) should "be counseled about the unknown risks of developing a severe allergic reaction and balance these risks against the benefits of vaccination."

More specifically, if you have had a history of severe allergic reactions to any of the components in either vaccine, the CDC says you should not get vaccinated. Furthermore, if you experience an anaphylactic episode after your first COVID vaccine dose, you should not get the second dose. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.

And anyone under the age of 16 can't get the vaccine either.

young girl getting vaccinated at home during pandemic times.

Unfortunately, there is not yet a coronavirus vaccine available in the U.S. for anyone under the age of 16. According to the CDC, anyone over 16 can get the Pfizer vaccine, but the Moderna vaccine is currently only authorized for those 18 years or older. However, this may change eventually. In October, Pfizer began testing its vaccine in children as young as 12, and Moderna recently announced a new trial for testing its COVID vaccine in children aged 12 to 17. And for more questions you may have about the vaccine, check out Will the New COVID Strain Make the Vaccine Useless? Experts Weigh In.

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Kali Coleman
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