Who Should NOT Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Women in their 1st Trimester of Pregnancy

Pregnant women who are in their 1st trimester are not advised to get the COVID-19 vaccine at this time.

Pregnant women in their 2nd and 3rd trimester should only receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

NB- Approval has been granted for the administration of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to breastfeeding mothers in Trinidad and Tobago. Thus breastfeeding mothers should ONLY take the Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine at this time. This directive follows the National Immunisation Technical Advisory Group’s recent approval of the Sinopharm vaccine for use by breastfeeding women in this country. This vaccine is also approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for use by breastfeeding mothers.

Children and younger than 12 years of age

NB- People 12 to 18 years of age may receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. No other vaccine is currently recommended for persons below 18 years old. CLICK HERE for more information.

People with a history of severe reactions to a component in the vaccine

In general, people with a history of severe reactions to any component of any vaccine or medication should not take the particular medication or vaccine.

Additional information on COVID-19 vaccine is available by clicking HERE 

Note:  It is important to answer all of the health screening questions posed by the healthcare professional fully and accurately before taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

Persons with a history of severe allergic reactions in general should talk to their healthcare provider before taking the COVID-19 Vaccine.

Learn about who should get the COVID-19 Vaccine


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