COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended for pregnant or lactating women, SAPM on Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, has said.
The SAPM’s statement comes after two lady doctors who were pregnant and unvaccinated died from Coronavirus in a day.
Addressing a press conference, Dr. Faisal noted that the potential benefits of COVID-19 vaccination among pregnant or lactating women outweigh the risks.
He added that studies have shown that pregnant women are at increased risk of developing a more severe viral infection in comparison to non-pregnant women and the same is the case with Coronavirus.
The SAPM also asked the healthcare staff at Mass Vaccination Centers (MVCs) in the country not to refuse vaccination to pregnant or lactating women, recommending them to regularly update their information from the NCOC’s website and seek clarification in case of confusion.
PakVac is not recommended for pregnant women
Since May, NCOC has been urging pregnant and lactating women to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, repeatedly stating that they can receive any of the COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the country.
COVID-19 vaccines developed by Sinopharm, Sinovac, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Moderna have proved to be safe and effective among pregnant or lactating women. However, PakVac is not recommended for pregnant women.