AZ and Sinovac okayed for pregnant and breastfeeding mums




AZ and Sinovac okayed for pregnant and breastfeeding mums

The AstraZeneca and Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines are now suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers between 14-33 weeks of gestation, says the Covid-19 vaccine supply access guarantee special committee (JKJAV).

In its latest Covid-19 vaccine guide, JKJAV said studies have shown that the Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines are now suitable for these groups.

“For the gestation period beyond 33 weeks, vaccination may be possible after consultation with a doctor,” it said.

JKJAV said pregnant and lactating mothers should also consult a doctor if they have any concerns.




It added that updates on vaccines’ suitability will be given from time to time.

Last month, vaccination coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin said only the Pfizer vaccine was allowed for pregnant women between weeks 14 and 33, adding that other pregnant women should defer vaccination until after childbirth.

“Only Pfizer is suitable for women who are between 14 and 33 weeks pregnant. Or, we would suggest they postpone their vaccination until after they give birth.

“The same goes for breastfeeding mothers,” he said, adding that this was based on the advice of the experts in the health ministry.

According to the health ministry, pregnant mothers keen to take the AstraZeneca vaccine should discuss this with their doctors to weigh the benefits and risks before making an informed decision.




In regards to Sinovac, the health ministry said the vaccine was recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers as the benefits outweigh the potential risk from the vaccine, despite the lack of safety data. FMT

AZ and Sinovac okayed for pregnant and breastfeeding mums


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