Evaluation and recommendations by noted lupus experts: Lupus patients need COVID vaccines
SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in patients with SLE
Link and reference below to the research studiesSummary of some main points (but I encourage you to read the article):
– This article is written by some of the world’s experts in lupus
– Dr. Joan Merrill, Dr. Anca Askanase, Dr. Wei Tang, and Dr. Leila Khalili
“… the risks of not receiving the vaccine are far greater at the present time.”
– The lupus experts also state,
“Patients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases should receive the COVID-19 vaccines and should be prioritized before the general population.”
– Other vaccines have been shown to be safe in lupus patients.
– They recommend temporarily stopping or changing the dosing schedule on some drugs, such as cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, mycophenolate (CellCept, Myfortic), rituximab (Rituxan), abatacept (Orencia), JAK inhibitors (Xeljanz, Olumiant, Rinvoq), NSAIDs, and Tylenol.
– They recommend that doctors may want to consider monitoring antibody levels after the vaccine.
– Since we do not know how well lupus patients, patients with other autoimmune diseases, and immunosuppressed patients will respond to the vaccines, they should continue strict social distancing.
– The above recommendations are made without research regarding specifically these RNA vaccines. However, after evaluating all the data, The American College of Rheumatology and these lupus experts recommend vaccination in patients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases.
What are the risks of COVID-19 infection when lupus patients get infected?
– They are not at higher risk for infection from the novel SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus.
– However, they are at higher risk of hospitalization than the general population.
– COVID-19 infection may even increase lupus flares.
Please get your vaccine. I got mine and I recommend it to all my patients.
This is not a substitute for your doctor’s advice. Please check with your physician first.
Tang W, Askanase AD, Khalili L, et al. SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in patients with SLE. Lupus Science & Medicine 2021;8:e000479. doi: 10.1136/lupus-2021-000479
American College of Rheumatology (ACR) COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Guidance Task Force. COVID-19 vaccine clinical guidance summary for patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, 2021www.rheumatology.org/Portals/0/Files/COVID-19-Vaccine-Clinical-Guidance-Rheumatic-Diseases-Summary.pdf. Available: https:///www.rheumatology.org/Portals/0/Files/COVID-19-Vaccine-Clinical-Guidance-Rheumatic-Diseases-Summary.pdfGoogle Scholar