Q and A

Question

Can HIV+ health workers safely have the COVID-19 vaccine?

Are there any concerns with HIV+ people receiving a COVID-19 vaccination offered in the UK?

I am an NHS patient-facing worker so may be offered vaccination soon, possibly among the first wave of vaccinations.

My CD4 count is good, and I have already caught (and had a positive anitbody test for) COVID. Thanks.

Answer

Hi

Thanks for your question and for letting us post the answer online.

COVID vaccines are very safe for HIV positive people. If you are a key worker that gets offered the vaccine, this is strongly recommended.

Being HIV positive is also included as a medical reason for getting the vaccine (in priority group 6 and possible also group 4.

The vaccines are also still recommended even if you already had COVID-19.

There are about 45 other Q&As about the COVID vaccines at this link

Q&As on COVID vaccines: safety, effective, dosing, ethnicity, chemsex?
https://i-base.info/qa/16330

Thanks for the services you are providing through your work at this difficult time.

Please also get in touch if you have other questions.

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