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Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis and COVID-19 Vaccines

The dawn of the COVID-19 vaccine era has led to unique challenges with respect to their use among the people who suffer from immunity-related disorders like Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis, especially those who are on immunosuppressive medications.

To clear doubts and make the vaccine-related decision easier, we have compiled information about Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis and COVID-19 vaccination. However, we encourage you to talk to your Dermatologist before you make a decision regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis and COVID-19 Vaccines: Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis patients eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines?

According to the health advisory from the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the various other global guidelines, those under immunosuppressive therapy are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.[1][2][3][4]

2. Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective for those with Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis?

Data is not currently available to establish vaccine safety and efficacy in these groups. Individuals with immunosuppression may not generate a full immune response to COVID-19.[1][2][3][4][5]

Both global and Indian health advisories confirm that the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the risk. [1][3][5] Ask your Dermatologist about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine based on your current condition.

3. When is the best time to take the COVID-19 vaccine?

Your Dermatologist will be the best judge to decide on the right time to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

4. Will the vaccine worsen an already existing skin condition?

There is no evidence to show that the COVID-19 vaccine could worsen skin conditions.[3]  However, if you are concerned about the impact of the vaccine, it is best to consult your Dermatologist before taking the vaccine.

5. What information should be given to the vaccinator before receiving the vaccine?

Inform the vaccinator about the following:

  • Your current medical condition and the medications you are receiving[1][2]
  • If you currently have an acute fever or infection[6][7]
  • If you have a history of allergic reaction to any ingredients of the vaccine[6][7]
  • If you have a history of allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine[6][7]

Remember, the final decision of vaccination lies with your Dermatologist.

It is advisable to talk to your Dermatologist about the pros and cons of COVID-19 vaccines before you make a decision. Update your Dermatologist if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or have received any other COVID-19 vaccine.[6][7]

Precautions after taking the vaccine:

There is not enough data to guide us on the protection of the virus and its variants after taking the vaccine. In this scenario, it is important that you should continue social distancing, wear a mask and maintain hygiene to reduce your chances of acquiring or spreading the virus.[3][5]

 

Please refer to the Health Advisory from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for further reading and clarification on the currently available COVID-19 vaccines.

Always consult your Dermatologist before deciding to take the vaccine.

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References

  1. Ministry of health and family welfare. FAQs for Healthcare Workers and Front line workers. Available [Online] at: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/FAQsforHCWs&FLWs.pdf Accessed on 6th April 2021.

  2. Ministry of health and family welfare. Frequently asked questions. Available [Online] at: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/covid_vaccination/vaccination/faqs.html Accessed on 6th April 2021.

  3. British Association of Dermatologists. COVID-19: Provisional Guidance on vaccination. Available [Online] at: https://www.bad.org.uk/shared/get-file.ashx?itemtype=document&id=7125 Accessed 5th April 2021

  4. National Psoriasis Foundation Guidance statement for vaccine in psoriasis. Available [online] at URL: https://www.psoriasis.org/advance/vaccinating-in-the-time-of-covid/. As Accessed on 9 February 2021.

  5. American Association of Dermatology Association. COVID-19 Vaccine administration guidance.  Available [online] at URL.. https://assets.ctfassets.net/1ny4yoiyrqia/2gTpp7G9GNSTtAHwPHNtbc/2352d3276d481322f2c826009330605a/COVID_vaccine_administration_guidance_2-1-2021.pdf. As accessed on 16 March 2021.

  6. COVISHIELD factsheet. Available [online] at URL: https://www.seruminstitute.com/pdf/covishield_fact_sheet.pdf. As accessed on 16 March 2021

  7. COVAXIN factsheet. Available [online] at URL: https://www.bharatbiotech.com/images/covaxin/covaxin-fact-sheet.pdf As accessed on 26 March 2021