【Can individuals with cardiovascular diseases receive COVID-19 vaccination? 】
Pre-existing cardiovascular diseases significantly increase the risk of severe complications from COVID-19 infection.
The Hong Kong College of Cardiology (the College) makes the following recommendations for patients with cardiovascular diseases:
Patients with stable cardiovascular diseases or stable cardiovascular risk factors, and without other contraindications, should receive COVID-19 vaccination.
Patients experiencing unstable symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, syncope or palpitations should seek medical attention before COVID-19 vaccination.
In general, patients having undergone elective percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass graft surgery can have COVID-19 vaccination one month after the procedure. For patients after acute myocardial infarction, they can receive COVID-19 vaccination after one month if they are stable after the acute illness, or as soon as they are stabilised at a later time. There may be variation in some patients and recommendation on timing of vaccination should be made by attending cardiologist or cardiac surgeon individually.
For details, please refer to p.43 of the “Interim Guidance Notes On Common Medical Diseases and COVID-19 Vaccination In Primary Care Settings”:
Source: Centre for Health Protection, DH