Is it safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine if I use substances or struggle with addiction?

Question: 

Is it safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine if I use substances or struggle with addiction? 

Answer: 
Yes, people who use substances or struggle with addiction can safely receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 
 
However, when it’s time for your appointment, we recommend that you not be high. This is not because of a vaccine safety concern but because the healthcare provider needs your informed consent before giving vaccines. Drugs may impair (lessen) your ability to fully understand the health information and ask questions.
 
Folks who struggle with substance use disorders may have a compromised (weaker) immune system and should talk to their healthcare provider. 
 
ImmunizeBC does not have specific recommendations around substance use after getting any vaccine, including the COVID-19 vaccines. There are no studies around substance use and the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines.
 
Date last reviewed: 
Thursday, Nov 18, 2021