The government has agreed for the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to be given to pregnant and nursing mothers based on the recommendation of experts from the health ministry, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today.
Khairy, who is in charge of the country’s vaccination programme, however said the jabs would only be administered to women who have reached 14-33 weeks in pregnancy and lactating mothers.
“Based on the recommendation by experts from the health ministry, the Pfizer vaccine is the only advisable vaccine to be given to pregnant and lactating mothers.
“I have asked the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force to coordinate with hospitals and specialists to prioritise pregnant and lactating mothers to be given the Pfizer vaccine,” he told the media today.
The government previously said that pregnant and breastfeeding women were not advised to take the Sinovac or AstraZeneca vaccines.
Based on the health ministry’s Covid-19 vaccination guidelines, Sinovac was found to have contraindications which indicate that the vaccine should be discontinued due to adverse effects for pregnant women.
The ministry also said it did not recommend the AstraZeneca vaccine for breastfeeding women due to lack of data.