COVID-19 India Vaccine Update: No Vaccination for Pregnant, Lactating Women


PM Narendra Modi calls COVID-19 vaccination drive as the world’s largest inoculation programme. India launches its COVID-19 vaccination drive from today that is January 16.

The Union Health Ministry has informed all states and union territories that interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines is not allowed. Also, no pregnant and lactating women should not be allowed to take the vaccine shots as they have not been part of any anti-coronavirus vaccine clinical trial so far.

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) had recently granted emergency use authorisation to two COVID-19 vaccines – Covishield, developed by Oxford University and British-Swedish company AstraZeneca, and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.

Ahead of the vaccination drive, in a letter to all states and UTs, the ministry highlighted that under the emergency use authorization, coronavirus vaccination is indicated only for 18 years and above.

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