Can women take the COVID-19 vaccine during their periods ?

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The fourth and biggest phase of COVID-19 vaccination in India is set to commence on May 01, 2021 with registrations which were opened on April 28, 2021. 

The drive will allow a sizable adult population above the age of 18 to get vaccinated at a time when the country is facing the worst crisis since the pandemic began. While people do have a lot of questions and doubts about vaccines, there continue to be some myths and misinformation which cloud acceptance.

One such recent claim has actually pushed women into raising concerns about getting a COVID-19 vaccine jab while they are in the middle of their menstrual cycle.

Dr. Shaheen Khan

The claim, which has been widely circulated on social media, is triggering a lot many women into believing that the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t fully safe for them.

A social media post floating around mentions that menstruation “lowers” immunity for a woman, and hence, taking a vaccine, 5 days before, during or after your periods won’t be safe and may not garner a sufficient response.

The post, which was also widely circulated on the internet also mentions that the first dose of the vaccine “decreases” immunity and later gets built up weeks later, hence, women who do get vaccinated on their periods face a high risk of contracting the infection and falling sick.

Is there actually any truth to the claim? Or just a hoax?

COVID vaccines and menstruation: What do we know ?

As they say, it’s crucial that you take anything on social media with a pinch of salt.

It’s helpful to remain cautious and well-aware about the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines right now, which are one of the best preventive tools in fighting the killer virus and may help us tide over the second COVID-19 wave in India.

Most importantly, COVID-19 vaccines have been found to be safe in all concerns, and there is no truth to the matter that the vaccines would be harmful to take during your period cycle.

For one, there is no actual evidence or data connecting COVID vaccines to menstruation. Millions of women across the world have already been immunized against COVID-19 and no claims were recorded.

Dr. Shaheen Khan
BUMS, M.D (Medicine)
Medixpress Super Speciality Clinic,
101/102, Grime Tower, above ICICI Bank, Salunke Vihar Road

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