Pregnant women warned not to take Moderna Covid vaccine

The World Health Organization has advised pregnant women against having Moderna’s Covid-19 jab.

In an update posted on Tuesday to the WHO’s official website, Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) said they do not recommend the use of the vaccine in pregnant women.

Only those who are at risk of high exposure to the virus, such as healthcare workers, should consider having the jab.

The guidance read: ‘While pregnancy puts women at a higher risk of severe COVID-19, the use of this vaccine in pregnant women is currently not recommended, unless they are at risk of high exposure (e.g. health workers).’

‘The vaccine can be offered to a breastfeeding woman who is part of a group recommended for vaccination (e.g. health workers); discontinuing breastfeeding after vaccination is currently not recommended,’ it added.

The WHO advised the jab should be administered in two doses 28 days apart.

But ‘if necessary’, the interval between the doses may be extended to 42 days. 

Experts added that people with severe allergies to any component of the vaccine should not take Moderna’s or any other mRNA jab.

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