Coronavirus: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th February 2021.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice his Department is providing to people who are extremely clinically vulnerable and have high intolerances to milk or dairy when accessing the covid-19 vaccine.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

There are no dairy or milk products in either the Pfizer or Astra Zeneca vaccines and as such patients with such intolerances can receive either vaccine. The only allergy cautions are regarding individuals that have an allergy to an ingredient of a vaccine. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has advised that individuals with a history of anaphylaxis to food, an identified drug or vaccine, or an insect sting can receive any COVID-19 vaccine, as long as they are not known to be allergic to any component of the vaccine.

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