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Pregnant women now eligible for COVID vaccination

Pregnant women now eligible for COVID vaccination

Now, pregnant women can register on the CoWIN portal or walk-in to the nearest Covid Vaccination Centre (CVC) to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) recommended the COVID-19 vaccine to pregnant women saying that the vaccination is safe and can protect them against the infection.

As per the recommendation, the Union Health Ministry allowed pregnant women to get the COVID vaccine. It says that though most pregnant women do not have major symptoms of COVID-19 when infected, their health may deteriorate rapidly. Besides, it might affect the foetus also. Hence, taking a COVID-19 vaccine can help them get protection from the infection with the virus.

Pregnant women are at higher risk of getting infected, which could affect the foetus also. The second wave of COVID-19 affected many people in the country. Pregnant and postpartum women were also severely affected in this wave. The study of the Indian Council for Medical Research also found that. In this context, the Health Ministry’s decision helps them reduce the risk and prevent the infection.

The ministry shared the operation guidelines for vaccinating pregnant women and Counselling Kit for Medical Officers and FLWs while inoculating them with states and union territories.

There are four vaccines Covishield, Covaxin, Sputnik V and Moderna, against COVID-19 in the country. The government approved these vaccines are safe for both pregnant women and lactating mothers.

Pregnant women can be vaccinated any time during their pregnancy after deciding to get vaccinated. They can get the vaccine at any government or private CVC. They can either register on the CoWIN portal or walk-in to the nearest CVC, where they can register directly before being inoculated.

They can generate certificates after vaccination like all other people. The remaining procedure is also the same.

In addition to taking the vaccine, following COVID-19 protocols like wearing a double mask or N95 mask, maintaining social distance and washing hands with soap or using hand sanitiser when touched any surface are essential to control the transmission of the virus.

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