Autoimmune Disease and Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

Autoimmune Disease and Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

Should individuals with autoimmune disease receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

The approval of COVID-19 vaccines has brought with it hope, excitement, as well as concerns. 

The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) is dedicated to the eradication of autoimmune diseases and the alleviation of suffering and the socioeconomic impact of autoimmunity through fostering and facilitating collaboration in the areas of education, public awareness, research, and patient services in an effective, ethical, and efficient manner.

The AARDA is committed to ensuring you have the information you need to make the right decisions for your health. 

Watch this video to hear a panel of medical experts discuss frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 vaccines, as well as address audience questions. 

This event is your opportunity to get answers to those questions that may be lingering in the back of your mind, including the following:

  • As someone with an autoimmune disease, should I get vaccinated for COVID-19?
  • Will receiving the COVID-19 vaccine compromise my immune system?
  • Has the COVID-19 vaccine been properly tested for safety and efficacy?
  • Is the vaccine safe to get as an immuno-compromised individual?
  • What are the potential side effects of the vaccine?
  • How soon will I be able to get the vaccine as someone with an autoimmune disease?
  • What is the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • What exactly is herd immunity? And, how can it be achieved?
  • Will the vaccine trigger an autoimmune flare?
  • Should patients delay administering their medication if it is within close vicinity to when they get the vaccine?
  • What can patients and advocates do to drive towards equitable vaccine distribution?