The health sector says expectant women and nursing mothers can obtain COVID-19 booster doses.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Specialist Physician at the Colombo National Hospital, Dr. Harsha Sathischandra said an unnecessary fear of complications need not be created.
Dr. Sathischandra said there are no side effects or complications reported and recommended all expectant women or nursing mothers to obtain the three vaccine doses including the booster jab.
He said this is being practiced around the world as the risk of complications arising through contracting the coronavirus is higher during pregnancies.
He said there are no concerns in obtaining a COVID-vaccine dose even if an individual is unaware of the pregnancy.
Commenting on the procedure on how an individual who has recovered from the virus receives the vaccine, Dr. Sathischandra said the booster dose must be obtained irrespective of whether an individual had contracted the virus adding it is only a matter of a timeframe.
He said under the present circumstance, they recommend obtaining the booster jab six months after contracting COVID-19.
Dr. Sathischandra said considering the threat of the Omicron variant, it is highly likely that the six-month timeframe could be reduced.
He said other countries have moved towards expeditiously providing the booster jab to individuals who had already contracted the virus.