Laos: Health ministry advises Covid-19 vaccine jabs for pregnant women and older students

Local residents registering for the Covid-19 vaccine jabs at a vaccination centre in Vientiane. - Vientiane Times/ANN

VIENTIANE, Sept 18 (Vientiane Times/ANN): The Laos Ministry of Health has given the go ahead for pregnant women and students aged 17 and over to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

The Pfizer and Sinopharm vaccines will be offered to students in Grade 7 of secondary schools and others who are 17 or older, and those who are travelling to study or preparing for entrance exams to universities, colleges and other educational institutions.

The ministry is also recommending that women who are at least 12 weeks pregnant be vaccinated but has not yet said which vaccine they will be offered.

With regard to booster doses for medical workers, meaning a third vaccination, the ministry is not recommending that this be done because it has not been approved by the World Health Organisation.

As the vaccination programme gains momentum around the country, up until September 15 a total of 2,739,614 people had received a first dose of a Covid vaccine and 1,890,717 people had been given two doses.

The government’s target is for 50 percent of the adult population to be vaccinated by the end of this year, but due to the limited quantity of vaccine available, priority will be given people in high-risk situations.

Meanwhile, health workers are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated and advise anyone who has concerns about a chronic health condition to talk to a doctor and get appropriate advice.

After being vaccinated, people should go to bed if they feel unwell and drink plenty of fluids. Some people may develop a slight fever and soreness at the injection site, as well as a headache or diarrhoea.

However, most people feel fine and do not experience any side effects. - Vientiane Times/ANN

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