The staff of Arise Infusion encourages our patients to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. Based on the data for the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S., there is no preference for one COVID-19 vaccine over another. We are not able to provide COVID-19 vaccine in our clinics.
If you were referred to ARISE Infusion by a physician external to ARA, please contact your referring provider for medication guidance prior to obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine.
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)
If you take the following medications, contact ARA when you are nearing the time of your COVID-19 vaccination to plan scheduling the doses:
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:
||Infliximab (Remicade, Inflectra, Renflexis)
|Cyclophosphamide oral only (Cytoxan)
|Cytoxan (oral only)
||Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
||Zoledronic acid (Reclast)
Reference link: American College of Rheumatology COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Guidance Summary for Patients with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases.