KUCHING: There is no reason to think that the vaccine will not protect pregnant and breastfeeding women from Covid-19, said associate professor Dr Helmy Hazmi.
The Public Health Physician of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) also pointed out there was no reason to think that the vaccine will have severe side effects on pregnant and breastfeeding women.
“To think that the vaccine will have severe side effects on pregnant and breastfeeding women is not accurate because the mRNA will break down quickly and cleared away after injection, and will not be passed on to the foetus or breast milk.
“So, it is relatively safe for use in pregnant women and in mothers who are breastfeeding. Pregnant mothers or mothers who breastfeed are advised to discuss the matter with their health care provider. This is especially for those mothers who fall in the high risk group.
“At the same time, please keep to the key points in reducing the chance of infection – wear mask, practise social distancing, avoid crowded places, practise hand hygiene,” he said when contacted by New Sarawak Tribune on Wednesday.
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