Patty writes:

Any data and/ or I would like to know your thoughts on the effectiveness of the Pfizer Covid vaccine on patients who receive IV Ocrevus to modulate multiple sclerosis symptoms.

Thank you very much.


Christy writes:

Hi TWiV and Dr. Daniel Griffin!

Is it possible for the CoViD vaccine (Pfizer) to cause an allergy (such as cat, grass, etc.) to develop? About a week after my partner got the second shot, he started getting itchy eyes and sneezing around our cats that we’ve had for 3 years. Obviously there are plenty of coincidental conditions as you’ve talked about on the show, and still this consequence is far better than getting CoViD.

If it is possible, why would this happen?

Will it go away or is he stuck with this? (Purina has a new cat food called LiveClear with fel d 1 antibodies that we’ve just started, so hopefully that will help.)

Googling “allergies from covid vaccine” has not been as helpful as you’d expect given the concerns about anaphylaxis.

Thank you so much,

Christy from Seattle

Joseph writes:

In preparation for reopening a program for seniors,  I was asked by my wife to review their reopening policy. Their program provides continuing educational and recreational programming for seniors. Their program will require COVID-19 /SARS-CoV-2 virus vaccination to attend the program. The average age of their participants is about 80 years old.

Given their age, the possible high risk medical conditions of these seniors, would you still recommend that the staff and participants still mask after vaccination?

Thanks for all you do,

Joseph Richter, MD
Hudson Heights Pediatrics, PC
New York, NY

Stacy writes:

Hello There,

Writing y’all from hot and sticky Charlotte, NC. 

I am a psychologist in private practice. I have several patients prescribed either A-typical antipsychotics or neuroleptic antipsychotic medication for bi-polar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, and schizophrenia. Their medications include Lithium, Clozapine (Clozaril), Olanzapine (Zyprexa), Lamotrigine (Lamictal). Many  have expressed concerns about possible negative interactions between the COVID vaccine and their psychiatric medication. Several concerns relate to possible toxicity, decrease in efficacy of psychotropics, and side effects. One patient mentioned a fear about the COVID vaccine causing a significant drop in white blood cells. 

I would like to know if there is any evidence to suggest patients on psychotropic medication should not get vaccinated and/or what resources, research, etc are available (and that I can access) to help  assure my folks that the COVID vaccine is safe and effective for individuals with serious mental illness.  

Thank you so much for all you do. 



Stacy Brink, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Charlotte, NC