Pregnant women, children ‘not encouraged’ to get vaccinated

Izah Azahari

With the vaccination roll-out currently in progress for the second quarter of the year in Brunei Darussalam, pregnant women and children aged 15 and below are not encouraged to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

This was stated by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during a press conference at the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday.

He explained, “The studies carried out for Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca showed a low distribution to children and pregnant women; and as it is a new vaccine, producers are being cautious.

“So far, there has not been any data showing pregnant women or children safely receiving this vaccine in general.

“Another group that has been emphasised are those who have a history of severe allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis. These are the people who are not encouraged to take the mRNA vaccines, especially that of Pfizer and Moderna.”

Instead, the minister advised this group to be more vigilant and to use face masks in crowded public places, adhere to the standards of hygiene, and to go outdoors only when necessary.