‘Vaccination Of Pregnant, Breast Feeding Women Safe’

The Government is committed to making sure no child or pregnant women dies from Covid-19 and will put in place measures for their protection from the pandemic.

Research is underway to establish efficacy of vaccines on children between three and 17 years as well as pregnant women in the country.

Other countries such as China are already inoculating minor children while the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently released guidelines certifying the vaccines safe for use by everyone above the age of 17, including pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Children below 18 years, pregnant and breastfeeding women were not being vaccinated as there were fears the drug could have adverse effects on the unborn and lactating babies.

New studies have certified the vaccines on these groups and Government is carrying localised research to establish whether minors and pregnant women can be jabbed.

Last week health authorities in Matabeleland North said 110 pregnant women had been isolated at three hospitals after they tested positive to Covid-19. No pregnant women has so far succumbed according to health officials.

Addressing health stakeholders at a meeting held at Hwange Colliery Hospital last week, Health and Child Care Deputy Minister Dr John Mangwiro said no child should die from the virus.

He implored health officers and interested parties to be ready for rollout of inoculation of children and pregnant women once all necessary procedures are completed and it’s certified that they can be vaccinated. —Sunday News

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