STATEN ISLAND, NY – Pregnant women should not take the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least for now.
“Although pregnancy puts women at a higher risk of severe COVID-19, the use of this vaccine in pregnant women is currently not recommended,” the WHO said of the Moderna vaccine on its website.
The Moderna vaccine is still recommended for pregnant women who are “at risk of high exposure” – such as healthcare workers, according to the WHO.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is also not recommended for pregnant women at this time “due to insufficient data, WHO said on its website, but people at higher risk of exposure should discuss the vaccine with their health care provider.
Kate O’Brien, director of immunization for the WHO, said there was no problem with the Moderna vaccine, but acknowledged that more data was needed, according to a report by Reuters.
Both vaccines are MRNA vaccines, which do not contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 and, therefore, cannot give COVID-19 to someone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, “mRNA vaccines do not interact with a person’s DNA because mRNA does not enter the nucleus of the cell,” the CDC said on its website.
Still, the actual risks of mRNA vaccines to the pregnant person and her fetus are unknown, as these vaccines have not been adequately studied in pregnant women, the two medical agencies said.
Other people who should avoid mRNA vaccines include anyone who may be allergic to any of the ingredients in the vaccine and the very frail elderly.
“Although vaccination is recommended for the elderly due to the high risk of severe COVID-19 and death, very frail elderly people with an expected life expectancy of less than 3 months should be assessed individually,” he said. ‘WHO.
And while the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is available for children 16 and older, the Moderna vaccine is not recommended for those under 18, the WHO said.
The WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) recommended that the second injection of Moderna vaccine be given within 28 days, but “the interval between doses may be extended to 42 days,” according to its website.
“Adherence to the full schedule is recommended and the same product should be used for both doses,” the WHO said.
The Pfizer-Bio-NTech vaccine requires two doses. which WHO recommends to be administered with an interval of 21 to 28 days.