We recently put a questionnaire on our website asking what some of the questions and concerns may be for people with asthma when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine. We have compiled your responses and developed the below FAQ responses.
If you have additional questions, you can contact one of our Asthma Educators at 1800 ASTHMA 1800 278 462.
I have asthma, is it safe to get the vaccine?
People with asthma, including people with severe asthma, should feel confident about accessing these vaccines alongside other Australians and some may be considered a priority for the early phases of the rollout. It is important to have these discussions with your treating health professional, so together you can determine your options based on your individual circumstances.
What if I have an allergy to vaccine ingredients?
If you are concerned about the ingredients within either of the vaccines, we encourage you to talk to your doctor/and or immunologist prior to getting the vaccine.
There is a vast range of information on vaccine and ingredients that can be found here.
I have an underlying health condition as well as asthma, when do I get the vaccine?
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) suggests there is limited data available about the effectiveness and safety of people with significant comorbidities (severe, complex chronic illnesses). It is recommended that immunisation decisions are made case-by-case, weighing up risks and benefits.
It is best to contact your doctor to discuss your eligibility. They will take your overall health conditions into consideration.
You can also check your eligibility online here.
What are the long-term effects of the vaccine?
There is no way of knowing this, as it is a new science.
Are some of the side effects symptoms like cold and flu and/or shortness of breath?
No, these side effects have not been reported by the manufacturers nor documented in the product information material released by the TGA. The most common side effects are headache, injection site pain, fatigue, and muscle and joint pain.
It is important to discuss any asthma symptoms and vaccine side effects with your doctor and to have an up-to-date written Asthma Action Plan which also outlines what to do in the case of an emergency.
You may also choose to use the COVID-19 vaccine symptom checker.
Has testing been done specifically on asthma patients?
Millions of people across the world have received these vaccinations and outcomes are being monitored carefully. To date, there are no concerns relating to asthma or its treatment that have been reported from the trials or from the millions of doses already administered globally.
If viruses are a trigger for my asthma, does the vaccine put me at higher risk of an asthma flare-up?
There is no evidence to suggest you are at increased risk of a flare-up when getting your COVID-19 vaccination.
Where will people with asthma sit in terms of priority for the vaccine?
All Australians will be offered a COVID-19 vaccination. High-priority groups will get their vaccines first. When you receive your vaccination will depend on your overall individual circumstances.
View the roll-out strategy here
Check your eligibility here
Does the vaccine impact asthma medications?
There are currently no concerns relating to asthma medicines and COVID-19 vaccinations. There is also no reason to suggest that people with severe asthma that take monoclonal antibody medicines (e.g., Fasenra, Nucala, Xolair) should avoid these vaccines.
Can I have both the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine?
The Department of Health recommends spreading them apart by at least two weeks. For more information on this question, speak with your doctor.
Will children be receiving the vaccine?
The vaccine against COVID-19 is not currently available for children, but multiple vaccine manufacturers have paediatric clinical trials underway.
For any further information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the official information site.