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Should People With HIV Get The COVID-19 VACCINE? (Updated 29MAR21)

Dr Mona & The CDC Say: YES!!!

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that "mRNA COVID-19 vaccines may be administered to people with underlying medical conditions provided they have not had a severe or immediate allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine". 

They note that people with HIV might be at increased risk for severe COVID-19 and can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  "However, they should be aware of the limited safety data... People living with HIV were included in the clinical trials. through safety data specific to this group are not yet available at this time".

  • Do people with HIV get the flu vaccine, Hep B vaccine, Hep A vaccine – YES !!! 
  • So, they should get the COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • Dr. Mona says: “In fact, people with HIV SHOULD likely get the COVID-19 vaccine more than others because of the potential immunocompromised state”.
  • Dr. Mona says: “No theoretical increased risk with the mRNA vaccine compared to any other vaccine already being given (it does not have any live virus in it; it does not integrate into DNA)”.

Dr. Mona Loutfy, Infectious Diseases Specialist Maple Leaf Medical Clinic
Women’s College Hospital, University of Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Here is a great article by a leading HIV Advocate, Ace Robinson, responding to many of your questions about COVID-19 Vaccine Mistrust.
He serves communities disproportionately impacted by HIV, COVID-19, and associated illnesses as NMAC's director of strategic partnerships in the USA.

The City of Toronto has launched its COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration and booking site
It is currently allowing those eligible individuals to pre-register and/or book an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Current Eligibility

  • People who are 70 years of age and older (born in 1951 or before) 
  • Health care workers in Highest Priority and Very High Priority risk groups 
  • Indigenous Adults (16 years of age and older)
  • Adults receiving chronic home care

Go to vaccineto.ca for more information or to pre-register/book.

Maple Leaf Medical Clinic will keep this page updated as more vaccine information becomes available.

To learn more about go to Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine program.



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