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UCHealth recommends two-week separation between COVID-19 vaccine and other types of vaccines you may need

Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 7:29 AM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A pharmacy expert at UCHealth Memorial Hospital is recommending a two-week separation between getting the COVID-19 vaccine and other types of vaccines you may need.

Experts say waiting two weeks in between getting the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines such as flu, pneumonia or shingles, makes sure they don’t potentially interact together.

“If there was a reaction and you got two vaccines close together it would be pretty hard to tell what was causing what,” said Alexander Novin, UCHealth Infectious Disease Clinical Pharmacist.

There are emergency circumstances where you shouldn’t wait or it is okay to get vaccines closer together, including if you need a rabies or tetanus shot.

“Obviously if you got your COVID-19 vaccine and then you got bit by a potentially rabid animal, we want to make sure you get the rabies vaccine right away and you don’t wait the two weeks before getting that because that’s a more urgent situation,” said Novin.

UCHealth recommends prioritizing your COVID-19 vaccine over other vaccines if you can wait, unless you’re in an emergency situation.

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