The Covid pandemic is putting tremendous pressure on the healthcare sector. Vaccination against the virus reduces the risk of infection, as well as the intensity, long-term effects, and transmission to other people. In a recent guideline, the government has approved the vaccination for pregnant women.
According to health care experts, this is a very progressive step because it will influence 50 million people in India. Everyone needs protection from the rapidly spreading Covid – 19 disease, and a vaccine appears to be the best and long-term solution. All mothers-to-be can now be protected against Covid – 19.
To help pregnant women make an informed decision, the Ministry has released guidelines detailing the risks from Covid – 19 infection in pregnancy, the benefits of vaccination, and the likely side effects of vaccination. However, it clarifies that pregnancy does not increase the risk of Covid – 19 infection. The majority of pregnant women will be asymptomatic or have a moderate condition, but their health may rapidly deteriorate, posing a risk to the foetus. It’s also critical that people take all possible precautions to avoid becoming infected, which includes getting vaccinated against Covid – 19.
The Covid – 19 vaccines that are now available are safe, and vaccination protects pregnant women from disease in the same way as it protects other people. A vaccine, like any other treatment, can cause side effects, which are probably minimal. She may experience a mild fever, pain at the injection site, or feeling sick for 1 – 3 days after receiving the vaccine shot.
The recent guidelines of MoHFW’s state that pregnant women must either register on the CoWIN portal or register on-site at the Covid – 19 vaccination centre. The registration process for pregnant women is the same as it is for the general public.
It further clarifies that if a pregnant woman has already been exposed to Covid – 19, she should be vaccinated as soon as possible after giving birth. Guidelines clearly staes that would-be parents can acquire the Covid – 19 vaccine whether they are attempting to get pregnant now or in the future. There is currently no proof that any vaccine, including the Covid-19 vaccinations, causes a problem with female or male fertility.
Dear woman, motherhood is an incredible and amazing phase of life. Amid the pandemic, it is essential to protect yourself and your baby by vaccinating against Covid – 19. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have. Enjoy and embrace safer motherhood by making the right choices.
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