Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C.

Vaccine Guidance

The physicians of Arthritis & Rheumatism Associates encourage our patients to obtain any of the COVID-19 vaccines as they become available. Based on the data for the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S., there is no preference for one COVID-19 vaccine over another.

Please note we are unable to provide COVID-19 vaccine in our clinics at this time.

We support the new (2/10/2021) guidance from the American College of Rheumatology regarding how to take various medications around the time of COVID-19 vaccinations that use mRNA (by Pfizer and Moderna):

If you take any of the following medications, and your rheumatologic disease is doing well, do not take this medication for 1 week after each dose of COVID-19 vaccine:

Methotrexate (Otrexup, Rasuvo, Rheumatrex)

Xeljanz (tofacitinib)

Rinvoq (upadacitinib)

Olumiant (baricitinib)

If you take the following medications, contact ARA when you are nearing the time of your COVID-19 vaccination to plan scheduling the doses: 

Orencia (abatacept)

Rituxan (rituximab)

Cyclophosphamide intravenous only (Cytoxan)

If you take the following medications, you do not have to change your medication dosing schedule around the time of COVID-19 vaccination: 

 

Actemra

Guselkumab (Tremfya)

Remicade

Adalimumab (Humira)

Humira

Rizankizumab (Skyrizi)

Anakinra (Kineret)

hydrocortisone

Romosozumab (Evenity)

Apremilast (Otezla)

Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)

Sarilumab (Kevzara)

Arava (leflunomide)

ibuprofen

Secukinumab (Cosentyx)

Azathioprine (Imuran)

Ilaris

Simponi

Belimumab (Benlysta)

Imuran 

Simponi Aria

Benlysta

Infliximab (Remicade, Inflectra, Renflexis)

Skyrizi

Canakinumab (Ilaris)

Ixekizumab (Taltz)

Stelara

Cellcept

Kevzara

Sulfasalazine

Certolizumab (Cimzia)

Kineret

Tacrolimus

Cimzia

Leflunomide

Taltz

Cosentyx

Lupkynis

Tocilizumab (Actemra)

Cyclophosphamide oral only (Cytoxan)

Mycophenolate (Cellcept)

Tremfya

cyclosporine

Naproxen

Ustekinumab (Stelara)

Cytoxan (oral only)

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Voclosporin (Lupkynis)

Denosumab (Prolia)

Otezla

Zoledronic acid (Reclast)

Enbrel

Prednisone

 

Etanercept (Enbrel)

Prolia

 

Evenity

Reclast

 

 

Reference link: American College of Rheumatology COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Guidance Summary for Patients with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases.

   

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