COVID-19-affected should defer vaccination by three months: Health Ministry

20 May 2021

COVID-19-affected should defer vaccination by three months: Health Ministry

Vaccination should be postponed by three months after recovery in a person who's tested positive COVID-19 illness, the Union Health Ministry said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

COVID-19 patients who have been given anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma therapy should also defer vaccination by three months from the date of discharge from the hospital. This was mentioned, while recommending COVID-19 vaccination for all lactating women.

The Ministry said it had accepted the suggestions of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC). “These recommendations have been based on the widespread situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and emerging global scientific evidence and experience,” it stated.

It recommended that individuals who have received at least the first dose of the vaccine and got the infection before the completion of the dosing schedule should also postpone there 2nd jab of vaccination by three months after clinical recovery from COVID-19.

“Persons with any other major illness requiring hospitalisation or ICU care should also wait for 4 to 8 weeks before getting the COVID-19 vaccine,’’ it noted. Also an individual could donate blood after 14 days of either receipt of COVID-19 vaccine or testing RT-PCR test negative, if suffering from COVID-19.

Vaccination of pregnant women

There was no need for screening of the vaccine recipients by Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) antecedent to vaccination. The matter of vaccination of pregnant women was under colloquy and further deliberation by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI).

“The Health Ministry has written to States and UTs to direct the concerned officials to take note of these recommendations and undertake necessary action for their effective execution. States have also been advised to manage training of the vaccination staff at all levels,’’ said the release.