I have rheumatoid arthritis and I routinely have steroids. Is it safe for me to have the COVID-19 vaccine?
The British Society of Rheumatology have given this advice from Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA)
“There are some general principles but in each case the benefits and risks should be discussed with the patient to arrive at a shared decision”.
It is safe to have the COVID-19 vaccine alongside steroids, but the patient may not have such a good immune response. The vaccine should not be delayed for someone who is taking, has received or is soon to receive steroids in any form. It may be appropriate to delay a non-essential steroid injection, as part of a shared decision, so that the response to the vaccine is more effective. In this scenario, the steroid injection should be delayed by two weeks after the vaccine, to enable the patient to get the best response to the COVID-19 vaccine.