With the rollout of the much awaited COVID-19 vaccines, it’s safe to say that all eyes have been on each and every step of the procedure. The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunisation, has issued recommendations for use of the Moderna mRNA-1273 vaccine in the fight against COVID-19. Here is what you should know.
• As has been the rule, vaccination for all those who are at a high-risk of exposure and older people should be prioritised. However, with the availability of more vaccines, those who do not have adequate access to healthcare will also be looked at.
• The vaccine is effective and safe to use for those who have an increased risk of diseases such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension, liver, kidney or lung disease, along with chronic infections, which can be controlled and are stable.
• Immuno-compromised persons, or HIV positive persons can be administered the vaccine after being given full information and counselling.
• Women who are breastfeeding, and fall into the category of high-risk groups (healthcare workers), will be given the vaccine. However, they can continue breastfeeding.
• While pregnant women are at a higher chance of contracting the virus, the use of this vaccines is not recommended for them, unless they are in the high-risk category, such as healthcare workers.
• Those severely allergic to any component of the vaccine should not take it.
• The vaccine is not recommended for those under the age of 18, as the results of further studies are awaited.
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