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Covid-19 vaccines for pregnant women

Date: 05 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Pregnant women will now be allowed to get Covid-19 vaccine after the Health ministry released new guidelines.

 

Background

Till now, vaccines in India were given to the population above the age of 18 years. There was no such provision for pregnant women.

 

Details

  • The guidelines also contain several instruction regarding the benefits of the vaccine, likely effects of the vaccine along with the effects of Covid-19, to help them make informed decisions.

  • The officials as well as doctors suggest that potential benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risk posed by the side-effects.

 

Reasons

  • Pregnant women have higher chances of severe illness due to the infection in comparison to non-pregnant women.

  • The chances of pre-term births increase in covid-19 positive women. The co-morbidities and mortality is also found to be high in such groups.

 

Potential side-effects

  • Current evidences suggest that the vaccine protect pregnant women like normal individuals. There is also no threat to the fetus.

  • Long time effects are not yet studied to determine effects on the mother as well as child. General effects like body pain and fever is quite normal.

  • If a woman gets infected with Covid-19 infection during pregnancy, she should be soon getting vaccine after the delivery.

 

Effects of Covid-19 on women

  • More than 90 percent of women infected with Covid-19 during pregnancy recover without any issue. Some of them would need hospitalization if health deteriorates.

  • Women suffering from co-morbidities, advanced pregnancy age or higher body mass are more vulnerable to severe Covid-19 symptoms.