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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post
    I currently take MTX and my doctor (Dr. Langford Cleveland Clinic) said to hold my MTX the week I get my vaccine. I'm scheduled for Friday for the moderna vaccine. I'm nervous to hold my MTX and take the vaccine. I don't want a flare-up. But also don't want to get covid. Ugh. Tough decisions.
    You should not flare with stopping MTX for one week.
    MTX has a body life of 6 weeks, with it reducing in strength every week.
    This means that if you miss taking it for a week, then you still have some MTX within your system, to keep on fighting for you.

    Also, your specialist would not say it, if they thought it would be an issue.

    Maybe the bigger issue, is taking your MTX and the vaccine at the same time.
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    My doctors will not allow Rituxin infusion until 4 weeks after second vaccine. Roll out in NC is 75 and over, in SC it is 70 and over. In Fl and TN it is 65. In Ohio it starts at 80, then 75, then 70. Anyone know age requirements in other areas?
    Hi, Masha, I've been away from the forum for awhile and just getting caught up on all the Covid posts. All I know is what it is in Washington; the first tier of Phase 1 was all kinds of people in risky health care situations, whether workers or patients, along with everyone over 65 (which includes me) plus people 50 and over in multigenerational households. Then comes tier 2, which is high risk critical workers over 50 in non-healthcare settings such as agriculture, grocery stores, educators, and corrections, then comes people 16 years and older with underlying conditions, then high risk critical workers under 50 in non-healthcare congregate settings, plus non-workers in those settings, such as group home residents, the homeless, and volunteers. Additional phases and tiers to be discussed later. It sounds so complicated, but at least they changed one of the age classifications from 70 to 65 and over, meaning I was going to have to wait until March, but I am eligible now. However, I'm going to wait for a couple of reasons, one of which is non-WG, and I will explain later.
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    NC dropped the age requirement for vaccines from 75 to 65. So many people were trying to get through to MUSC in SC they, including myself were unaware of this change..SC age requirement is 70. Husband and I stopped watching all news because of politics.
    What is happening to all the people with compromised immune system that don’t meet the age requirements? I know Alycia in Israel got her vaccine and did not have to meet an age requirement. Are those of you, not in US able to get a vaccine without age requirement?
    I'm new at this but the only category for 2 or more underlying conditions here in Washington seems to be ages 16-70, but kicks in a little later, after everyone 65 and older. That leaves out a lot of people younger than 16, but come to think of it, I don't think they are recommending the vaccine for people under 16 (correct me if I'm wrong). All of us old folks with underlying conditions are already taken care of by the 65 and older which qualify right NOW. Someone Alysia's age with those conditions would have to wait a little longer, except that she is in a multigenerational household, which would make her eligible now, if she and her kids lived here. Not sure about the age requirement for kids. It's all so convoluted....who thinks these things up, anyway?
    Anne, dx'ed April 2011

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    I had the Mederna vaccine. My second on Jan 28, 2021. The first was no problem, had rtx infusions on the 7th and 21st of Jan and a Mederna again on the 28th. I had chills and a slight headache that Friday.. Slept most of the day...Feeling fine and Free....almost Hope this helps

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    The rollout of vaccines varies greatly by state and location due to shortage of vaccine. I will get my second shot in 11 days as I am on three high priority lists but my dental staff and optometrist have not been vaccinated.
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    My doctor sent me an email - said I should have the vaccine 4 months after my last Rituxan infusion. Last RX infusion was Dec. 18th. I will be getting the vaccine in April now instead of March. Not sure why he wanted me to wait. Have a call with him next month and will ask.

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    Hi Meredith,

    Regarding the waiting period after infusion...from what I understand you need to have an active immune system to react to the vaccine. If your immune system is to low then the vaccine might not be effective. I had 2 vaccines in January Pfizer. I work in a hospital so I was offered and I accepted. My only reaction to vaccine was a sore arm which started 12 hours after injection and lasted for 24hours. I chose to get the 2nd vax in the opposite arm although they said it should not make a difference. Curious to hear what your Dr has to say.

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    I have had both Pfizer shots with no side effects. I stopped MTX for 2 weeks for each shot. Here is a good summary of thoughts regarding MTX maintenance with the Covid vaccine.
    https://creakyjoints.org/living-with...id-19-vaccine/

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    Hello there,
    I live in the UK and had the Pfizer jab 3 weeks ago with no ill effects.

    Dr Jayne at Addenbrookes said to get the jab done and who am I to argue!!

    I've had WG for 13 years and am currently on yearly infussions of RTX.

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    My wife and I got our second dose of Pfizer vaccine yesterday. We’re so thankful to Ohio State University for the great process to schedule and administer these vaccines.

    If you have access to your medical records and appointments on-line, you should take full advantage of it. Cleveland Clinic and Ohio State both use MyChart as their portal. Ohio State notified us a month ago that we could schedule our first dose via MyChart. It was fast and easy. We scheduled our second dose before we left the vaccination center.

    MyChart is free and easy to use. I highly recommend that you take advantage of it if it’s available to you. BTW, I got notified this morning that I can get covid vaccine at Cleveland Clinic.
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