Pregnant, lactating women should not be administered Covid-19 vaccine at this time: Health ministry

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  • In a letter to all States and territories of the Union, the Ministry stressed that coronavirus vaccination is only indicated for 18 years or more under the emergency use authorisation. The Covid-19 and other vaccines should be separated by an interval of at least 14 days if necessary.

  • "Interchangeability of Covid-19 vaccines is not permitted. The second dose should also be of the same Covid-19 vaccine which was administered as the first d of Covid-19 vaccines is not permitted. The second dose should also be of the same Covid-19 vaccine which was administered as the first dose," said the letter written by Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health of the Union.

  • The Ministry has listed Covid-19 vaccination precautions and contraindications and a comparative fact sheet for both vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin) containing vaccine platform details, physical specifications, dosage, cold-chain storage requirements, contraindications and minor AEFIs (adverse event following immunization).

  • It said that this data should be disseminated for ready reference to programme managers at all levels and through them to cold-chain handlers and vaccinators.

Source: https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/diagnostics/pregnant-lactating-women-should-not-be-administered-covid-19-vaccine-at-this-time-health-ministry/80277768

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