• Jonathan Shiek

Is It Safe For Pregnant Women To Get The Covid-19 Vaccine?

Today marks the first day the Covid-19 vaccine will be tested out, the Malaysian Prime Minister will be the first to get vaccinated. It appears that many of us question whether pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as immunocompromised individuals should be given the vaccine.

So what is the verdict public health experts have on this topic? According to Manipal University College Malaysia Community and Occupational Medicine Professor Dr G. Jayakumar, further studies are required to establish that the Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective on this group of individuals. However, based on available studies, it is not advisable for this group of people to be immunised.

On the other hand, the Malaysian Society of Infection Control and Infectious Diseases (MyICID) called for pregnant women to be vaccinated in line with opinions from expert committees from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe. The president of MyICID, Dr Anusha Shunmugarajoo mentioned that it is recommended to offer the vaccine to pregnant women, those in high risk groups such as obese individuals and those having other risk factors that could lead to the possibility of severe disease. Dr Anusha Shunmugarajoo added that post-vaccination side effects are generally mild and manageable so it’s usually resolved within a few days.

Subsequently, the Malaysian AIDS Council said in a statement:

“Until further evidence shows otherwise, there should not be any discouragement for PLHIV to be vaccinated against Covid-19 as it has been shown that people with underlying medical illnesses, including HIV, especially those with advanced HIV infection, may be more susceptible to developing severe disease if infected. It is recommended that all persons with HIV be vaccinated, irrespective of CD4 count, in line with international guidelines.” (The CD4 count is a test that measures how many CD4 cells one has in the blood.)

“The vaccines are safe for persons with HIV as they are not live vaccines.”


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