Pa. LGBTQ Affairs Commission answers questions about getting vaccinated

Written by on June 15, 2021

Pa. LGBTQ Affairs Commission answers questions about getting vaccinated

By Brittany Sweeney

June 15, 2021

A member of the medical staff prepares a dose of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, also know as CoronaVac, during a mass vaccination program at Skanderbeg Square in Tirana, Albania, Thursday, April 15, 2021. Albania has made virus slabs to almost 300,000 people, starting with the medical personnel, eldest people and schoolteachers to achieve a mass inoculation campaign ahead of the summer tourism season. (AP Photo)

Some people in the LGBTQ community have had questions about whether it’s safe for them to get the COVID-19 vaccine, even if they are on other medications.

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Medical experts in Pennsylvania recently addressed who should get vaccinated.

The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs recently invited medical professionals from across the state to join a Facebook live called “Vax Facts: Afternoon Tea on LGBTQ Health.” 

Sarah Rosso of the commission told those taking the HIV prevention medication PrEP to continue doing so even when getting vaccinated.

“There are no reported interactions at this time between PrEP and COVID-19 vaccines. When you stop taking your medications, especially if we’re thinking about PrEP and/or HIV medications, you know, that puts you at greater risk for HIV related illnesses and greater risk for serious infection due to COVID-19,” Rosso says.

Some questioned if those taking gender affirming hormones could get a COVID-19 vaccine without a higher risk for blood clots.

A doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School said it’s safe for people on hormone therapy to get vaccinated.

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