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Is it safe to be on Isotretinoin and Covid-19 vaccine at the same time?

Answered by: Dr Ramzdhan

Last Updated: May 5, 2021 3:11 AM

Anonymous 3 days

Hi doctor, I just started taking Isotretinoin last month (this is my second time taking it, first time was in late 2019). I’m getting my COVID-19 vaccination (AstraZeneca) in 2 weeks. Is it safe to be on Isotretinoin while getting the vaccine? Or is it ok for me to stop Isotretinoin for a while, until I’m done with my second dose of vaccine?

Dr Ramzdhan 3 days
General Practitioner

Hi and thank you for asking us

Although there are no reports of prohibiting someone taking isotretinoin from taking the COVID-19 vaccine, it is advisable to disclose this information or any medicine that you are taking to the medical officer during your time in getting vaccinated.

For your information, people with conditions below are not suggested to get the vaccine, however, it depends on the risk and benefits, some condition like pregnant mothers who are frontliners might need to take the vaccine, therefore please consult your doctor if you are not sure.

  • Have a history of hospitalization due to severe allergies
  • Have a history of allergic reactions to any vaccine before
  • Cancer patients who are undergoing cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • Patients with HIV
  • Mother who is pregnant or planning a pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding mothers
  • Individuals who have a fever due to a viral or bacterial infection
  • Individuals with low white blood cell problems

You can sign up for the vaccination but the doctor have to check first if you are eligible to get vaccinated. It is important to let the health worker or doctor know your health condition and history. Therefore, we greatly suggest that you refer this to your nearest medical doctor. If you have any more enquiries, you can click on the link ( DoctorOnCall ) and speak to our doctors in private and get the consultation you need on the phone. Thank you.

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Last Updated: Wed May 05 2021 03:11:49 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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