The central government on Friday approved the COVID-19 jab for pregnant women. Earlier, such women were restricted from getting vaccinated against COVID-19. But now, according to the new guidelines, they can get inoculated. The Health Ministry has issued several guidelines for these women before vaccination. In India, anyone who is above 18 years can get themselves vaccinated against COVID-19. And now, even pregnant women.
Centre Approves COVID-19 Vaccination for Pregnant Women
The Health Ministry on Friday approved COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women. Besides that, the Centre has issued certain guidelines for these women before vaccination. ICMR Director, Dr. Balram Bhargava, said in a press conference that the COVID-19 vaccines are very useful for women about to deliver babies. They should administer it as soon as possible. Earlier, the experts were skeptical about inoculating these women against COVID-19. But according to recent research, they can now receive the jabs.
What has the WHO said Regarding this?
Recently, the WHO expressed its views on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women. Acclaiming the vaccine, it said that there are several benefits of vaccinating such women. The COVID-19 jabs will outweigh the potential risks for these women. Women who are about to deliver babies or are under the lactation period are at high risk from the virus. However, the WHO has recommended the Covid vaccines to these women. It is better for them to get vaccinated so that the woman and her child are safe from the virus.
Several Pregnant Women Lost their Lives During the Pandemic
In India, lactating women were allowed to receive the jabs earlier. But pregnant women were still denied inoculation. The central government had cited a lack of trial data for vaccinating such women. Moreover, they were trying to find a way for a very long time. The COVID-19 second wave hit several such women and postpartum women more severely than the first. Besides that, the fatality rate was high as well. Nearly 2 percent of total deaths in India account for these women. Either they died due to pneumonia or respiratory failure.
Gynecologists have Welcomed this Decision
After a long wait, pregnant women too can get vaccinated in India. Several gynecologists across the country have welcomed this decision. They have praised the vaccination approval. Since the virus is mutating, it puts such women at more risk. Henceforth, vaccination is a good decision for them. It will lessen the fatality risk.