How the COVID-19 vaccine will impact IBD patients and caregivers (IBD and COVID-19 Vaccination)

How the COVID-19 vaccine will impact IBD patients and caregivers (IBD and COVID-19 Vaccination)

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term that refers to both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Many patients with IBD may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and concerns about immunosuppression. The Oregon Clinic Gastroenterology providers would like to share the following information about how the vaccine will impact IBD patients and caregivers.

First, it’s important to remember you cannot contract COVID-19 from the vaccine because there is no virus in the actual vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines currently available, from Moderna and Pfizer, are not live vaccines. Therefore, they cannot cause a COVID-19 infection in the recipient.

Both of these vaccines are safe for people on immunosuppressants to receive. We know being on immunosuppressants might affect some of the vaccine’s effectiveness. However, since the vaccine is so safe, the recipient will still get many benefits.

None of the vaccines have been shown to cause or worsen IBD in recipients. IBD patients on biologic medications do not appear to be at an increased risk for a severe case of COVID-19 if they do happen to get it.

Until we have widespread immunity through vaccination, the only way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is through behavior: wear a mask when around others; avoid indoor crowded spaces with limited ventilation; and be very careful about hand hygiene, using alcohol-based gels or soap and water.

Patients with IBD and their caregivers can get more information from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control, Food & Drug Administration, and National Institutes of Health. Continue to talk with your primary care physician about when and how your COVID-19 vaccine may become available.


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