COVID-19 Vaccine for Rheumatology Patients | Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur

COVID-19 Vaccine for Rheumatology Patients


COVID-19 Vaccine for Rheumatology Patients

Is it necessary for me to have the COVID-19 vaccine?


Patients with rheumatic and autoimmune disease are more likely to get severe COVID-19 with worse outcomes compared to the general population.


Is there a preference for any particular type of vaccine?


  • There is no preference for one type of vaccine over another unless there is allergy to any component used in the vaccine.

  • All available vaccines in Malaysia that have been approved by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) are safe and effective.


Should I take the 2nd dose of the vaccine?


  • Unless there was a severe allergic reaction to the 1st dose of the vaccine.

  • The 2nd dose gives more long-term protection from COVID-19 infection.


Will the medications I’m taking affect the vaccine?


Some medications may cause a reduced response to the vaccine compared to people who do not take these medications.


Should I stop the medications I’m taking before or after the vaccine?

  • DO NOT STOP your treatment without advice from your doctor as this can cause a flare of your disease.

  • Please consult your doctor if you are on these medications:

- Methotrexate

- Tofacitinib

- Baricitinib

- Upadacitinib

- Cyclophosphamide

- Rituximab


Are they any side-effects from the vaccine?

  • Some people may get mild side effects e.g. pain at the injection site, headache, muscle ache, fever, and fatigue.

  • Serious reactions like allergic reactions are very rare. If you have any concerns, please consult your doctor.


Do I need to continue to wear mask, practice good hand hygiene and social distancing after being vaccinated?


  • It is important to continue practicing these measures until as many residents as possible have received the vaccine to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

  • Vaccines take time to work, and you may not be completely protected until your vaccination schedule is complete.


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Dr. Tan Bee Eng
Internal Medicine
Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur
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