Rash, Itch After COVID Vaccine Rare & Quickly Resolves

Rash, Itch After COVID Vaccine Rare & Quickly Resolves

Rashes, itching, and other skin problems can occur after people receive COVID-19 immunizations, although they are uncommon and go away rapidly, according to recent research.

The researchers studied over 40,000 employees of a Boston hospital system who got two-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) and filled out at least one symptom survey following their first shot.

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A skin reaction was reported by 1.9% of survey respondents, with the most prevalent symptoms being redness and irritation beyond the injection site.

Employees who reported skin responses were on average 41 years old. Women (85%) were more likely than men (15%) to have skin reactions, which varied by race (62% white, 7% black, and 12% Asian).

More than 600 persons who had skin reactions to the first dose were given a second dose and then asked to fill out a symptom survey. After the second dose, 83% reported no skin responses.

2.3% of employees who had no skin reaction to the first shot experienced skin reactions following the second dose, the most prevalent of which were redness and itching.

The findings were published June 23 in JAMA Dermatology.

According to senior author Dr. Lacey Robinson, an allergist and researcher at Mass General, skin reactions alone should not be a reason for anyone to forego their second COVID-19 vaccination shot, especially since reactions are so rare after the second shot.


More information

Further information on COVID-19 vaccines can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States.

SOURCE: Massachusetts General Hospital, June 23, 2021 news release