Is the Comirnaty vaccine safe and effective for people living with HIV?
The vaccine has been through rigorous testing to ensure safety and efficacy and is now being used widely overseas without any serious concerns appearing. People with HIV were included in clinical trials though efficacy and safety data specific to this group are not yet available.
With some vaccines people living with HIV can produce a weaker immune response. People living with HIV are encouraged to be vaccinated. People with HIV were included in clinical trials for the Pfizer vaccine, although the data specific to this group is not yet available there are no safety concerns.
Based on what we know about people living with HIV and their response to other vaccines:
- those with a suppressed viral load are likely to have some protection from the COVID-19 vaccine
- they may have a weaker response to some vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine
For people who are newly diagnosed and starting HIV treatment are advised to take advice from their specialist about the timing of their vaccination. Any medication being taken for HIV is not expected to change how effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine will not affect HIV medications.