Pregnant women may be left out of SA’s vaccine rollout


Pregnant and breastfeeding women, who are among the groups most at risk from COVID-19, face being left out of SA’s vaccination drive after the Health Products Regulatory Authority’s (SAHPRA)

said it was reviewing data for both Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Pfizer’s shots. – Business Day (28 April 2021).

The development comes hard on the heels of SAHPRA’s exclusion of pregnant and lactating women from the Sisonke COVID-19 vaccine study aimed at health workers.

Sisonke study co-principal investigator Ameena Goga said SAHPRA had told researchers there is

insufficient data to justify the inclusion of pregnant and breast-feeding women. However, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and international expert groups, including the World Health Organisation, and the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists, were strongly united in recommending vaccination for pregnant and breastfeeding women because there were large amounts of safety data for similar “non-live” vaccines.

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