covid vaccine for pregnant women
Mumbai: The Municipality of Mumbai city will launch a special campaign on Thursday to give the vaccine of Kovid-19 to pregnant women. ANI News reported that the campaign, which will start from July 15, will start at one of the 35 vaccination centers in the city and staff is being trained for it. The topic of vaccination of pregnant women was brought to the fore by several social activists, general public and Shiv Sena party MP Priyanka Chaturvedi. Priyanka, while talking to NTTV in May, had questioned ‘why pregnant women should be vaccinated only against biological processes’.
Until May, there was talk that women who breastfeed were eligible for vaccination but did not become pregnant. The central government said that no clinical trials of the vaccine were conducted on pregnant women and they were not included in the vaccine program as there was no information about its side effects and how effective it was for them.
But in June, the Union Health Ministry changed its stand saying that pregnant women should get vaccinated. The department claimed that they had the authority and authority to vaccinate against a deadly infection.
“The Health Ministry has issued guidelines on how pregnant women can be vaccinated. The vaccine is beneficial and should be given,” Indian Council of Medical Research general director Dr Balram Bhargava said in a statement.
Vaccination for pregnant women was one of the topics discussed in May by the NTAGI or the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI).
NTAGI-STSC recommends that pregnant women should not be excluded from the vaccine program in view of the current status of COVID Pitu. This is because they are more likely to get infected and are likely to gain more weight than the risk they face, the panel said at its May 28 meeting.
Doubts have been raised about risks to the pregnant woman and her son, including the risk of blood clots (thrombosis) if the Coveshield vaccine is taken. But the committee decided that the benefits outweighed the risks.
The NTAGI states that “the long-term side effects of the vaccine for pregnant women prior to vaccination and the fact that it is safe for pregnancy and the baby have not been proven.”
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