Now, lactating mothers can get vaccinated; Covid positive person to wait three months post recovery for vaccination

Following the NEGVAC recommendations, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Wednesday issued new guidelines on COVID-19 vaccine.

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The Centre on Wednesday issued new guidelines on COVID-19 vaccination and stated that those individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 should wait for three months post recovery to get the Covid vaccination. The guidelines also recommended lactating mothers to get vaccinated.

Keeping in mind the evolving situation of the pandemic, the emerging scientific evidence and experience from across the globe, the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) has made the new recommendations on COVID-19 vaccination, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said in a statement.

According to the new guidelines, the COVID-19 vaccination is to be deferred in the following scenario:

1. In case of individuals having lab tests proven SARS-2 COVID-19 illness, COVID-19 vaccination to be deferred by three months after recovery.

2. In case of SARS-2 COVID-19 patients who have been given anti-SARS-2 monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, COVID-19 vaccination is to be deferred by three months from discharge from the hospital.

3. In case of individuals who have received at least the first dose and got COVID-19 infection before completion of the dosing schedule, the second dose should be deferred by three months from clinical recovery from COVID-19 illness.

4. Persons with any other serious general illness requiring hospitalization or ICU care should also wait for four-eight weeks before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

5. An individual can donate blood after 14 days of either receipt of COVID-19 vaccine or testing RT-PCR negative, if suffering from COVID-19 disease.

6. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all lactating women.

7. There is no requirement for screening of the vaccine recipients by Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) prior to COVID-19 vaccination.

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First Published:May 19, 2021, 6:21 p.m.

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