The government has approved Covid vaccination for pregnant women after recommendations from the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization. The vaccine can be taken anytime during the pregnancy, the health ministry said.
The health ministry added studies have shown that Covid-19 infection during pregnancy may result in the rapid deterioration of the health of pregnant women, putting them at an increased risk of severe diseases that might affect the fetus too. “The experts have also highlighted pre-existing comorbidities, advanced maternal age, and high body mass index as factors for severe Covid-19 in pregnancy,” it said.
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The ministry said an obstetrician and gynecologist, pediatrician or neonatologist should be part of the district adverse event following immunisation committee. Covid-19 in pregnancy increases the chances of preterm birth, increasing the possibility of hospitalisation for the newborn and in some cases even death.
Australia, Canada, Israel, Singapore, UK and US are vaccinating pregnant women.
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