‘COVID arm’: Some develop delayed skin reaction after Moderna vaccine shot


LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Some people who have received a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are having a delayed reaction that causes a red, and sometimes bumpy rash on the arm.

The New England Journal of Medicine published numerous photos of what some of those so-called “COVID arm” rashes look like. Still, doctors say fear of a rash is not a reason to skip your chance at getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Board certified dermatologist Dr. Shirley Chi has seen the rash in some of her patients.

“All of the reactions were to the Moderna vaccine and experts aren’t sure why the Moderna vaccine seems to be slightly more allergenic in this way,” Chi said.

“So the bottom line is this is a normal reaction that we see. This does not mean you shouldn’t get your COVID vaccine,” she added. “You should get it as soon as you can, and if you have any kind of reaction like this, talk to your doctor about it and we can treat it.”


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