No Covid-19 Vaccine Shots for Pregnant, Lactating Women, Says Union Health Ministry
Interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines is not permitted and pregnant and lactating females need to not be administered the shots as they have not been part of any anti-coronavirus vaccine medical trial up until now, the health ministry stated on Thursday. In a letter to all states and Union areas, the ministry highlighted that under the emergency use authorisation, coronavirus vaccination is suggested just for 18 years and above. If required, COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines must be separated by an interval of a minimum of 14 days. “Interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines is not allowed. Second dose must also be of the exact same COVID-19 vaccine which was administered as the very first dosage,” the letter composed by Manohar Agnani, Extra Secretary, Union health ministry stated.
The ministry has actually noted precautions and contraindications for COVID-19 vaccination in addition to a relative factsheet for both the vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin) which consists of info on vaccine platform, physical specifications, dose, cold-chain storage requirements, contraindications and minor AEFIs (negative event following immunization). It said this details ought to be distributed to program managers across all levels and through them to cold-chain handlers and vaccinators for ready reference. Listing the contraindications, the health ministry cautioned versus administration of the vaccine personallies with a history of anaphylactic or allergic response to a previous dosage of COVID-19 vaccine, and in those with instant or delayed onset anaphylaxis or allergic reaction to vaccines or injectable treatments, pharmaceutical items, food products, amongst others. According to the letter, in case of individuals having active signs of SARS-CoV-2 infection, coronavirus infected patients who have been provided anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma and acutely unwell and hospitalised patients due to any illness, the COVID-19 vaccination is to be delayed for four to eight weeks after recovery.
” Pregnant and breast feeding women have not belonged of any COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial up until now. Therefore, women who are pregnant or not sure of their pregnancy and lactating females need to not get COVID-19 vaccine at this time,” the letter stated. The vaccine must be administered with care face to faces with a history of any bleeding or coagulation condition (like clotting element deficiency, coagulopathy or platelet condition, it said. “Following conditions are not contraindicated for COVID-19 vaccines– individuals with past history of SARS-CoV-2 infection and or RT-PCR positive illness, history of chronic diseases and morbidities and immuno-deficiency, HIV, patients on immune suppression due to any condition,” the letter specified.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch India’s enormous COVID-19 vaccination drive on January 16 through video conferencing, even as sufficient dosages of Bharat Biotech’s ‘Covaxin’ and Serum Institute’s ‘Covishield’ vaccines have been delivered across the nation to all states and Union areas. The letter also mentions mild AEFIs following vaccination for both the vaccines. In case of Covishied, some mildAEFI may take place like injection site tenderness, injection site discomfort, headache, fatigue, myalgia, malaise, pyrexia, chills and arthralgia and queasiness.
Some mild AEFIs in case of Covaxin include injection website pain, headache, fatigue, fever, body pains, abdominal discomfort, nausea and vomiting, dizziness-giddiness, tremor, sweating, cold, cough and injection site swelling. Paracetamol might be utilized to supply symptomatic remedy for post vaccination adverse responses, the letter added.
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