COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Pikes Peak Nephrology recommends that all patients diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease receive the Covid-19 vaccination. It is especially important that you receive the vaccine if you have additional medical conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, COPD, or are on dialysis. If you are on intravenous (iv) medications for your Kidney Disease, please contact our office for more specific instructions prior to receiving the vaccine.
Kidney Transplant Patients: Patients who have received a Kidney Transplant are encouraged to get the vaccine UNLESS you are within one month of receiving your new kidney. Patients who plan to receive a future Kidney Transplant should not receive the vaccine within two weeks of the transplant date. Contact your Transplant Team Physician for more information.
Allergic Reactions: If you ever experienced a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient found in the Covid-19 vaccine, the CDC recommends that you should NOT get that specific vaccine. For all approved vaccines, Covid-19 vaccine ingredient information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/safety-of-vaccines.html.
If you have had a severe allergic reaction to other vaccines or injectable therapies, you should contact your Primary Care Physician to discuss your individual situation. In particular, consult your Primary Care Physician if you have ever experienced a previous anaphylactic reaction to any vaccine. Your Primary Care Physician can help you decide if it is safe for you to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
The CDC recommends that people with a history of severe allergic reactions NOT related to vaccines or injectable medications, such as allergies to food, pets, venom, environmental or latex may still get vaccinated. People with a history of allergies to oral medications or a family history of severe allergic reactions, or who might have a milder allergy to vaccines, may also get vaccinated.
Update: Pikes Peak Nephrology does NOT administer COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines and booster shots are offered at many Primary Care Physician’s offices. You may contact the El Paso County Health Department or visit their website at https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org to find more information on vaccine availability.