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  • 04 July, 2021

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Pregnant women can take vaccination

Pregnant women can take vaccination

  • Pregnant women in India are now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Union Health Ministry giving the approval based on recommendations of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI).
  • The decision empowers pregnant women to make an informed choice on taking the COVID-19 vaccination, the Ministry said, adding these women can now register on CoWIN or walk into the nearest vaccination centre to get themselves inoculated.
  • The decision has been communicated to all the States and Union Territories.
  • Studies have shown that COVID infection during pregnancy may result in rapid deterioration of health of pregnant women and they are at an increased risk of severe diseases and it might affect the foetus too, a statement from the Ministry said.
  • Further, pregnant women with COVID-19 infection are at an increased risk for preterm birth and other adverse pregnancy outcomes, including higher chances of neonatal morbidity.
  • Additionally, the experts have also highlighted pre-existing co-morbidities, advanced maternal age, and high body mass index as factors for severe COVID-19 in pregnancy.
  • The Ministry has accepted recommendations made by the NTAGI and the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration.
  • Pregnant women can opt for any COVID-19 vaccine available in the country any time during their pregnancy.

Source: TH


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