Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan
I am asking for my wife.
My wife has SLE (lupus), and we would like to know, does she needs any documents from her doctor to bring along to get vaccinated?
If so, are the documents free of charge even from private doctors? The reason I am asking is that she used to have an insurance company that covered specialists and private clinics, but then the insurance stopped almost a year ago.
And now, when we are asking her SLE doctor for documents for the covid-19 vaccination the doctor insists on seeing her first even tho we said we no longer have the insurance and cannot cover his fees and we just need the documents for the to bring along for the vaccination.
Note: The insurance stopped in December 2020 and that’s the last time she saw her lupus doctor (who is her main doctor) in December 2020 as well. Ever since she did not visit any other doctors and would like to start visiting SLE doctors in Governments hospitals, but first she wants to be vaccinated.
Hi and thank you for asking us
It is advisable that people with SLE should take the vaccine as soon as it becomes available to them. Since the COVID-19 Vaccine is not a live vaccine (live vaccines are not recommended for lupus patients) your wife can take the COVID-19 vaccination. But it is advisable for your wife to inform the medical officer in charge of her condition so that they can observe her carefully
In general, lupus medications will not affect how the vaccine works. In some cases, particularly for those who take powerful immunosuppressant drugs, your doctor may have special instructions for you so that you can get the greatest possible benefit from the vaccine. Please check with your doctor about how the vaccine fits into your treatment plan.
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.
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.