MoH recommends Moderna , Pfizer Jabs for expectant women
The Ministry of Health has advised pregnant women to take Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at any gestational period to prevent COVID-19 infections.
According to the Ministry of Health (MoH), inoculation with the aforementioned vaccine types is critical in warding off new COVID-19 infections in expectant mothers.
Pregnant women who began vaccination with other types of vaccines, the Ministry said, should complete vaccination using the same vaccine.
“Pregnant women should be offered the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) at any gestational age, at first ANC clinic visit or at first contact with health services. Expectant mothers who begun vaccination with other types of COVID-19 vaccine should complete vaccination using the same vaccine,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.
People who have completed the primary Covid-19 Vaccination, MoH said, should be offered an additional dose of either AstraZeneca, ModerNa or Pfizer vaccine six months after completion of the primary series.
“Where a serious adverse event or reaction has been reported after vaccination, the individual should be switched to a different vaccine type for completion of the schedule as per the original timelines,” MoH added.
“For instance, if a serious adverse event occurs after Pfizer or Moderna administration, provide AstraZeneca for second dose 28 days after the initial dose.”
The Pfizer vaccine has similarly been approved for children above 15 years.
If the side effects occur after administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna should be administered within 8 weeks after the initial shot.