Pregnant and lactating women among the health care workers will not administer Covid-19 vaccine while the inoculation of active Covid-19 patients. Those who received convalescent plasma therapy and anti-SARS-CoV2 monoclonal antibodies will have to wait for 4 to 8 weeks after the recovery, according to an official communication issued to the States and Union Territories on Thursday.
In a letter to all states and UTs, the ministry pointed out that under the emergency use authorization, Covid-19 vaccination is indicated only for 18 years and above. If needed, COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines should be separated by an interval of at least 14 days.
It said this information should be disseminated to programme managers across all levels and through them to cold-chain handlers and vaccinators for ready reference.
Listing the contraindications, the health ministry warned against administration of the vaccine in persons with a history of anaphylactic or allergic reaction to a previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and in those with instant or delayed onset anaphylaxis or allergic reaction to vaccines or injectable therapies, pharmaceutical products, food items, among others.