RCUK publishes anaphylaxis guidance for vaccination settings


RCUK’s expert anaphylaxis group is currently updating the anaphylaxis guidelines for 2021. In light of the current mass vaccination programme they have provided updated information for use in any vaccination setting to give clear guidance to healthcare professionals involved. They have also produced a poster of the algorithm for the management of anaphylaxis in the vaccination setting.

Anaphylaxis following vaccination is rare, occurring at less than 1 per million doses for vaccines in the UK. COVID-19 vaccines are new, so it is uncertain if the risk of anaphylaxis is higher compared to other vaccines.

They are encouraging centres providing the COVID-19 vaccination to follow this guidance which They have written in collaboration with the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Public Health England and the Royal College of General Practitioners. The more general anaphylaxis guidance remains current for other settings and can be found here.