Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women Should Not Get Covid Vaccine Now: Government
Interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines is not allowed and pregnant and breastfeeding women should not receive the injections as they have not been part of any coronavirus vaccine clinical trials so far, said Thursday. the Ministry of Health.
In a letter to all states and union territories, the ministry stressed that under the emergency use authorization, coronavirus vaccination is only indicated for those 18 and over. . If necessary, the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines should be separated by an interval of at least 14 days.
“Interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines is not allowed. The second dose should also be of the same COVID-19 vaccine that was given as the first dose,” said the letter written by Manohar Agnani, additional secretary of the ministry of Union Health.
The ministry has listed the precautions and contraindications for COVID-19 vaccination as well as a comparative information sheet for the two vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin) which contains information on the vaccine platform, physical specifications, dosage, cold chain storage requirements, contraindications and minor AEFI (adverse effects). post-vaccination event).
He said this information should be disseminated to program managers at all levels and through them to cold chain handlers and vaccinators for immediate reference.
Listing the contraindications, the Ministry of Health warned against administering the vaccine in people with a history of anaphylactic or allergic reaction to a previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and in those with immediate or anaphylaxis. delayed or allergic reaction to vaccines or injectable therapy. , pharmaceuticals, food products, among others.
According to the letter, in people with active symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection, coronavirus-infected patients who received anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, and severely sick and hospitalized due to illness, COVID-19 vaccination should be postponed for four to eight weeks after recovery.
“Pregnant and breastfeeding women have not been part of any COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials so far. Therefore, women who are pregnant or who are unsure of their pregnancy and breastfeeding women should not receive any COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccine for now, ”the letter reads. declared.
The vaccine should be given with caution in people with a history of bleeding or a bleeding disorder (such as a clotting factor deficiency, coagulopathy or a platelet disorder, he said.
“The following conditions are not contraindicated for COVID-19 vaccines – people with a history of SARS-CoV-2 infection and / or RT-PCR positive disease, history of illness and chronic morbidities and immunodeficiency, HIV, immunosuppressed patients due to any condition, ”the letter said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign in India on January 16 via video conference, even as adequate doses of Bharat Biotech’s “Covaxin” and Serum Institute’s “Covishield” vaccines have been delivered through the country to all the states and territories of the Union.
The letter also mentions mild AEFI after vaccination for both vaccines.
In Covishied, some mild AEFI may occur such as tenderness at the injection site, pain at the injection site, headache, fatigue, myalgia, malaise, fever, chills, arthralgia and nausea.
Some mild AEFIs with Covaxin include injection site pain, headache, fatigue, fever, body aches, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, tremors, sweating , a cold, cough and swelling at the injection site.
Paracetamol can be used to relieve symptoms of post-vaccination side effects, the letter adds.
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