The Government has debunked media reports expressing concerns over infertility due to COVID-19 vaccination amongst the reproductive age population and dispelled doubts regarding the question whether COVID-19 vaccination is safe for lactating women. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has clarified in the FAQs posted on the website that none of the available vaccines affects the fertility of either men or women, as all vaccines and their constituents are tested first on animals and then in humans to assess if they have any such side effects. Vaccines are authorized for use only after their safety and efficacy are assured.
Furthermore, in order to curb the prevalent myth regarding infertility due to the COVID-19 vaccination, the Government of India has clarified that there is no scientific proof suggesting that COVID vaccination can cause infertility in men and women. The vaccines have been found to be safe and effective.
‘Misinformation was spread during Polio vaccination also’
In a recent interview, Dr N. K Arora, Chairperson of COVID-19 Working Group of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) has addressed these fears and apprehensions. He said that misinformation was also created during the administering of Polio vaccine in India and abroad that children who are getting the vaccine may face infertility in the future. He assured that all vaccines go through intense scientific researches and none of the vaccines has this sort of side-effect.
The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) has also recommended the COVID-19 vaccination for all lactating women, terming it as safe with no need to stop or pause breastfeeding before or after the vaccination.
Less than 50,000 daily new COVID cases in last 3 days
India has reported 45,951 new cases in the last 24 hours. Less than 50,000 Daily New Cases have been reported for three consecutive days. This is a result of sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs.
India has also been witnessing a continuous fall in the active caseload. The country’s Active Caseload stands at 5,37,064 today.
A net decline of 15,595 has been witnessed in the last 24 hours and active cases are now only 1.77% of the country’s total Positive Cases.
Over 33 crore Indians receive at least one dose of vaccine
India’s cumulative vaccination coverage has crossed 33 crores yesterday. A total of 33,28,54,527 vaccine doses have been administered through 44,33,853 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. 36,51,983 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.
The new phase of universalization of COVID19 vaccination commenced on 21 June 2021. The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID19 vaccination throughout the country.