COVID-19

NWPC Medical Exemption Policy

NWPC will only write medical exemptions in limited situations.

If you had a severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine – known as anaphylaxis—after getting the first shot of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), CDC recommends that you not get a second shot of that vaccine.

  • A severe allergic reaction can cause a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat, or a generalized rash or hives. A person with a severe allergic reaction needs to be treated with epinephrine or EpiPen or they must go to the hospital.

If you had a non-severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine – known as immediate allergic reaction – after getting the first shot of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), CDC recommends that you not get a second shot of that vaccine.

  • An immediate allergic reaction happens within 4 hours of getting vaccinated and may include symptoms such as hives, swelling, and wheezing (respiratory distress). You likely contacted your doctor about these symptoms. Your doctor may refer you to a specialist in allergies and immunology to provide more care or advice.

People who develop myocarditis or pericarditis after a first dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), should defer receiving the second dose.

Please note- If you are advised not to get the second mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you still are eligible to receive the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, as long as you are not allergic to Polysorbate.