Posted on 7/21/2021 1:34 PM / Updated on 7/21/2021 1:36 PM36
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The government of São Paulo announced this Wednesday (21/7) that pregnant women who received the first dose of the vaccine against covid-19 from AstraZeneca / Oxford will be able to take the second dose of the vaccine from Pfizer, as the vaccine from AstraZeneca should no longer be used in This group of women has since observed a serious adverse event with a pregnant woman who was vaccinated with the immunizing agent.
“From Friday, July 23, all pregnant women who received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine may, in accordance with a two-way decision, be vaccinated with the second dose of Pfizer,” reported SP State Immunization Program General Coordinator, Regiane. Di Paula during a press conference.
According to Regian, the directive is for pregnant women who have received the first dose of AstraZeneca to check their vaccination card and, on the scheduled date to take the second dose of the vaccination agent, to return to the health center to take their vaccination dose dose. Pfizer vaccine. Data revealed during the press conference showed that 9,000 pregnant women in the state of São Paulo took the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
However, the state’s recommendation conflicts with that of the Department of Health, which directed pregnant women who have received the Oxford vaccine to wait to take a second dose of the same vaccine 45 days after giving birth, thus completing the regimen. Vaccine.
Earlier this month, at a press conference, the Minister of Health, Marcelo Quiroga, warned that it was still unsafe to determine the application of a second dose of the vaccine from another brand in these women. There is no scientific evidence about the interchangeability of vaccines in pregnant women. Therefore, we will maintain the national immunization program guidelines,” said the minister, who also asked municipal and state health ministers not to modify the national immunization program guidelines “on their own.”
However, the Ministry of Health’s recommendation is not a consensus among experts and countries. In the state of Rio de Janeiro, the recommendation is also different from that of the federal government. As in São Paulo, pregnant women and women who have given birth before 45 days and who have taken the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine will be able to complete the vaccination schedule with the second dose of Pfizer.