Bojan Story/Getty Images New research finds that some people develop a red, itchy, swollen, or even painful rash where they received their COVID-19 vaccine shot. Experts say these reactions are relatively minor and are not a reason to avoid the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , some people have reported a red, itchy, swollen, or even painful rash where they received their COVID-19 vaccine shot. Study focused on skin reactions to mRNA vaccines For the study, a team of allergists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) studied 49,197 Mass General Brigham employees vaccinated with an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Among the 609 individuals who reported skin reactions to the first dose and then received a second dose, 508, or 83 percent, reported no recurrent skin reactions.
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