Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccination in Hidradenitis Suppurativa Patients: A Modified Delphi Consensus of Experts

Jonathan W. Rick, Devea R. De, Terri Shih, Afsaneh Alavi, Joslyn S. Kirby, Haley B. Naik, John W. Frew, Christopher J. Sayed, Jennifer L. Hsiao, Vivian Y. Shi

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Introduction: Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) patients may be at increased risk of COVID-19 infection and complications from their medications and comorbidities. There is a lack of expert consensus on recommendations for the COVID-19 vaccine for HS patients. Herein, we aim to provide expert-driven consensus recommendations regarding COVID-19 vaccinations in HS patients. Methods: A modified Delphi consensus survey developed by a core committee of 7 dermatologist HS experts consisting of 4 demographic questions and 12 practice statements was distributed to the US HS Foundation-sponsored provider listserv. Participants were attending physician HS experts. Survey results were to be reviewed by the core group and revised and resubmitted until consensus (≥70% agreement) was achieved. Results: Among the 33 survey participants, there were 30 (87%) dermatologists, 1 general surgeon, 1 plastic surgeon, and 1 rheumatologist. Consensus for all 12 statements on vaccine counseling and HS treatment counseling was achieved after the first round. Discussion/Conclusion: For now, this consensus can serve as a resource for clinicians discussing COVID-19 vaccination with their HS patients. These recommendations will need to be updated as new evidence on COVID-19 emerges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-290
Number of pages4
JournalSkin Appendage Disorders
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology


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