Can I get the COVID vaccine if I had a stroke?

It is safe for people who have had a stroke to get vaccinated

On January 15th, 2021, the American Heart Association issued a statement urging people with cardiovascular risk factors, heart disease, and heart attack and stroke survivors to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends vaccination for people with underlying conditions, specifically for people who had a stroke as they are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness. In fact, people aged 18-49 who previously suffered a stroke are now eligible for a third booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech 6 months after full vaccination. 

The only reason a person cannot safely get the vaccine is if they have had a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis to one of the components of the vaccine. If you are concerned about the safety of getting a vaccine due to your particular health condition, speak to your doctor before vaccination.

Last update: October 8, 2021 4pm ET

Science review: SB, ERS