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Covid-19: Health dept refutes claims vaccine is unsafe for women of reproductive age

Covid-19 vaccinations are safe for women of reproductive age and pregnant women, according to the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE).

"Warning Against Imposing Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccination on Employees and Students," read the commission's media announcement from last Sunday.

Vaccines may induce a modest shift in the length of the menstrual cycle, but this alteration is only temporary, according to a recent study published in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology medical journal on 5 January.

According to the department, no expert institutes appeared to have been consulted prior to the distribution of the statement.

According to department spokesperson Foster Mohale, "The statement has not evaluated the available information and the enormous benefit associated with vaccinating pregnant women and women of reproductive age."

As a result, the South African Medical Association (SAMA) and the South African Association for the Advancement of Science (SASOG) offer evidence-based vaccine recommendations to their members.

Data and a risk vs. benefit analysis do not support the commission's conclusion that "many women may not be comfortable taking immunizations, due to possible long-term effects."

According to Mohale, the CGE's statement may cause confusion and unnecessary vaccine hesitancy in young women, which could lead to maternal and neonatal fatalities at its worst.


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