Covid vaccine concern for young women

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A medical briefing document about Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, published by the UK government, says it should not be given to women of child-bearing age.

The document, which can be downloaded here, says the vaccine [BNT162b2] is not recommended during pregnancy.

In addition, it says: “For women of childbearing age, pregnancy should be excluded before vaccination. In addition, women of childbearing age should be advised to avoid pregnancy for at least 2 months after their second dose.”

When it comes to breast-feeding, the medical briefing document for those administering the vaccine says it is unknown whether the Pfizer vaccine is excreted in human milk.

“A risk to the newborns/infants cannot be excluded. Vaccine BNT162b2 should not be used during breast-feeding,” says the report, adding that it is unknown whether it has an impact on fertility.

Summary of safety profile

The briefing document also says that the safety of the Pfizer vaccine was evaluated in participants 16 years of age and older in two clinical studies conducted in the United States, Europe, Turkey, South Africa, and South America.

The most frequent adverse reactions in participants 16 years of age and older were:

  • Pain at the injection site (80%)
  • Fatigue (60%)
  • Headache (50%)
  • Myalgia (30%)
  • Chills (30%)
  • Arthralgia (20%)
  • Pyrexia (10%)

Symptoms, says the report were “usually mild or moderate in intensity and resolved within a few days after vaccination”.

PDF source link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/940565/Information_for_Healthcare_Professionals_on_Pfizer_BioNTech_COVID-19_vaccine.pdf

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