Vaccination during pregnancy and breastfeeding is still a source of concern for our country’s women. However, according to Health Ministry guidelines, there is no known risk of providing inactivated virus, bacterial vaccinations, or toxoids to pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Ministry which released the guidelines on June 23 said;
“Pregnant women have been receiving vaccines such as tetanus toxoids, influenza and pertussis vaccination without demonstrable harm to the fetus.”
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were mRNA-based vaccines that used spike proteins to mimic the Covid-19 virus’s surface protein in order to generate an immunological response, explained the ministry.
Because these vaccines do not contain live Covid-19 virus, thus, they are safe for pregnant women and their unborn children.
While there have been no recorded problems about the AstraZeneca vaccine being used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, the ministry notes that there is less experience with vector-based vaccines than with mRNA-based vaccines.
“Therefore, the Pfizer or the mRNA-based vaccine remains the preferred option based on the availability of safety data by the Health Ministry”
Pregnant mothers who wanted to get the AstraZeneca vaccine should talk to their doctors about the benefits and hazards before making a decision.
It went on to say that the Sinovac vaccination was also advised during pregnancy and lactation, because the benefits outweighed the risks.
“The Health Ministry currently recommends the mRNA vaccine as the preferred option, although this may change when new information and data are made available”
While fertility was not particularly investigated during the clinical trials for these vaccines, no loss of fertility was recorded among trial participants or the millions of women who had already received the vaccines, according to the ministry.
Lactating mothers would be included in the categories of individuals who should be vaccinated first, according to the government.
“Women who have completed their vaccination can safely embark on pregnancy without delay.”
According to reports, the World Health Organization’s Interim Guidance on the Use of Moderna and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, do not recommend that those who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 stop breastfeeding.
There is currently limited evidence on nursing women, similar to pregnant mothers who were omitted from Covid-19 vaccine trials.
“However, there is little biological plausibility that the vaccine will cause harm while antibodies to Covid-19 in breast milk may protect the breastfeeding child”
The vaccination lipid was unlikely to penetrate the bloodstream and reach breast tissue during nursing, according to the ministry.
Source: The Star