Chief Medical Officer Dr Richard Georges has assured that minors under 18 and pregnant women are the only groups that have not been verified to take the AstraZeneca vaccine now available in the BVI.
“The initial studies that the regulator used to prove the vaccine did not include persons under 18 years and pregnant women. So basically the vaccine is currently licensed in the UK and Europe for over 18 years of age and non-pregnancy. Those are the only two contra-indications at this point,” Dr Georges explained.
Dr Georges explained that despite the current findings, things could change as data is still being collected on the two excluded groups.
Safe for people on medication
Dr Georges also assured the public that tests so far have proven that the vaccine is safe for immuno-compromised people and those who are on medication.
“There is no contra-indication based on medications or pre-existing conditions per se. Even persons who are immuno-compromised – that would be up to their physician to balance the risks and benefits for them in terms of vaccination,” Dr Georges assured.
However, the Chief Medical Officer said persons who are taking blood-thinners must reveal this to vaccinators as certain precautions need to be taken.
Recently, it was revealed that the United Kingdom government will be covering all expenses associated with any negative side effects suffered by BVI residents who opt to take the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
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