New Delhi: Covaxin manufacturer Bharat Biotech has warned people who are immuno-compromised or are on medicines that affect the immune system to not take the jab, according to a detailed factsheet released by the manufacturer.
The government had earlier said that the vaccine could be used on patients on immuno-suppressants or suffering from immune deficiency, but was expected to be less effective in such individuals, reported The Times of India.
Immune-suppressed patients are usually cancer patients on chemotherapy, HIV-positive people and those on steroids. While the risk of infection is higher in such patients, according to doctors, the efficiency of vaccines is often very low in such groups.
Bharat Biotech has advised people with bleeding disorders or who are on blood thinners to avoid the jab. Also, those who are acutely ill, have fever or have any history of allergy, besides pregnant or lactating mothers were also advised against taking the vaccine, according to The Times of India report.