Guidance for Patients with Rheumatic Disease Planning on Getting Vaccinated for COVID-19

Guidance for Patients with Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases Planning to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Patients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases (AIRD) may benefit from getting vaccinated for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This is one of the key points in the position statement released by the Philippine Rheumatology Association. The National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) have identified patients with autoimmune conditions and those taking more than 20 mg per day of prednisone (or its equivalent) as some of those groups needing medical clearance prior to receiving any COVID-19 vaccine. Patients with rheumatic conditions are often treated with steroids to help control their disease. A visit to their attending rheumatologist will be helpful in discussing concerns and making a choice through shared decision-making.

The PRA came out with the document to guide physicians and patients alike on this issue. The link to the document follows:

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The Philippine Rheumatology Association (PRA) is the recognized leader of arthritis care and research in the country and a major contributor to the Asia-Pacific Region. It is composed of competent, compassionate, socially responsive and ethical rheumatologists who are committed to:

  • Promotion of rheumatology as a specialty
  • Provision of high quality patient care
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20 Clinical Members

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Whether it be for yourself or someone you know, consulting the nearest rheumatologist is easier with our online directory of members. They are grouped by area/ province of practice.

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Whether it be the common rheumatic conditions (like gout, lupus, or osteoarthritis), rheumatic concerns (musculoskeletal imaging, genetics, pediatric rheum, or geriatric rheum) or the uncommon rheumatologic diseases (like rheum arthritis, spondyloarthritis, scleroderma/ other CTDs, etc.), there’s a PRA Special Interest Group for that. They take the lead for the Association’s work on continuing professional development, research and advocacy in collaboration with the PRA committees.

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