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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. MyPsoriasisTeam will reach out to specialists in the days to come to find out what this means for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis — collectively known as psoriatic disease.
Members of MyPsoriasisTeam share a variety of viewpoints regarding a COVID-19 vaccine. “We have three vaccines that may be ready in just a few short months,” wrote one member. “What a blessing that will be!”
Others expressed more caution. “I would not get the vaccine right away,” posted another member. “Let’s see what happens when they start giving it out.”
Your doctor knows all the details of your psoriasis, 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. Some MyPsoriasisTeam members are already talking to their doctors about getting vaccines. One member reported, “I was told by my doctor recently that if a vaccine becomes available for those with chronic conditions, I should highly consider it.”
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 psoriasis will need accurate information to make decisions about being vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Here is what is known so far:
MyPsoriasisTeam knows there are many questions that remain unanswered. We will be reaching out to psoriasis specialists to find out the following:
Over the weeks to come, MyPsoriasisTeam will provide updates as we learn more about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines for people with psoriasis, including those taking systemic treatments.
What questions do you have about COVID-19 vaccines? Share them in the comments below.