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Fact Check: Post claims women should avoid COVID vaccine 5 days before periods; govt calls it fake

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There is no such contraindication advising women not to take the COVID-19 vaccine before and after five days during their menstrual cycle. None of the health agencies suggested that menstruating women should not take the COVID-19 vaccine.

The government of India on Monday, 19 April, announced the decision to permit everyone above 18 years of age to be vaccinated from 1 May, adding that states and private hospitals will be able to buy vaccines from private manufacturers.

Amid this, a post is getting viral on Social media advising women not to take the COVID-19 vaccine before and after five days of their menstrual cycle as it can “affect the "immunity” of a person.

The viral message reads:-

"A Reminder for all women. Vaccination is starting from May 1st for above 18,  for girls, it's very important for girls to check periods and take the vaccination.  Don't take the vaccine before and after 5 days of your period because immunity will be very less during periods. Dosage of vaccine first decreases immunity later it builds immunity so, there is a high risk of attack for one who vaccinated during periods."

A Twitter user name Pooja shares a post with the caption "A Reminder for all women."

Fact Check

In our investigation, we found that the viral claim is false. None of the health agencies suggested that menstruating women should not take the COVID-19 vaccine.

We search the website of the Ministry of Health & Family welfare for the contraindications section regarding the vaccination guidelines. And we found that the website did not suggest that menstruating women should not take the COVID-19 vaccine.  The advisory mentions that Pregnant & Lactating women have not been part of any COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial so far. Therefore, women who are pregnant or not sure of their pregnancy; and lactating women should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time

Shortly following news regarding vaccination of women during their periods went viral, the fact-check wing of the Press Information Bureau of India ( PIB fact-check ) took Twitter to clarify that the viral claim is fake.

The tweet reads, " #Fake post circulating on social media claims that women should not take #COVID19Vaccine 5 days before and after their menstrual cycle. Don't fall for rumors!  All people above 18 should get vaccinated after May 1. Registration starts on April 28."

We also found a video on an Instagram page of thebetterindia where a Doctors talks about the false rumors that have been going around WhatsApp and Social Media for women to not take vaccine during periods.

In conclusion, there is no such contraindication advising women not to take the COVID-19 vaccine before and after five days during their menstrual cycle. None of the health agencies suggested that menstruating women should not take the COVID-19 vaccine.

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