Centre Okays Vaccination For Lactating Women, Pregnant Woman Have To Wait

 - Sakshi Post

The Union health ministry which deferred vaccination for people who have contracted Covid-19 by three months from the date of their recovery, on Wednesday, has also recommended that Covid-19 vaccination should be encouraged for all lactating women.

This was stated after it accepted recommendations of a national expert group. However, further deliberations are on whether pregnant women should be vaccinated or not.

The group has recommended Covid-19 vaccination for all lactating women.

The health ministry said the matter is under discussion and further deliberation by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) is being carried out.

The health ministry said it has written to all states/ UTs to direct the officials concerned to take note of these recommendations.  States have been advised to ensure effective dissemination of this information to service provides as well as the public, through use of all channels of information and communication in the local languages.

The health ministry said the fresh recommendations given by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC) were based on the "evolving situation of the Covid-19 pandemic and emerging global scientific evidence and experience". It also said there is no requirement for screening of vaccine recipients by Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) prior to Covid-19 vaccination.

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