Cowin: The Union Health Ministry said last week, in a dramatic policy change, that pregnant women “may and should” be vaccinated against COVID-19
Cowin: The Union Health Ministry said last week, in a dramatic policy change, that pregnant women “may and should” be vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the government, pregnant women may now register on the Cowin platform or visit vaccination centers for COVID-19 injections, which also stated it had communicated regulations and procedures with states to roll out the program.
Last Friday, the Union Health Ministry announced that pregnant women “might and should” be vaccinated against COVID-19, signaling a dramatic policy shift in response to rising concern over the Coronavirus’s exposure to expecting mothers (and their children). Until last month, breastfeeding women were eligible for the vaccination, but pregnant women were not;
the government stated that this was due to a lack of safety and effectiveness evidence, as clinical studies for vaccines do not generally involve pregnant women as subjects. “The Health Ministry has issued rules allowing the vaccination to be administered to pregnant women. Vaccination is beneficial to them and should be administered.
“The Indian Council for Medical Research’s Director-General, Dr. Balram Bhargava, was reported by a news agency as stating. The NTAGI met in May to examine vaccination for pregnant women. “Considering the present pandemic scenario, NTAGI-STSC advises that pregnant women not be barred from vaccination because the danger of exposure is quite great and hence the benefit significantly surpasses the risk,” the committee stated in the minutes of its May 28 meeting.
Concerns were expressed regarding potential hazards to the mother and child, including the possibility of clotting (or thrombosis) from the Covishield shot. Still, the committee determined that the “benefit surpasses the risk.”
Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi raised the subject of making vaccinations available to pregnant women last month on NDTV, saying, “Why should any lady be kept out of the scope of immunization because of a biological process?”