Department of Health Approves Covid Vaccination for Pregnant Women
Covid Vaccination: Pregnant women can be vaccinated during pregnancy at the nearest government or private immunization center after registration in Cowin or by registration at a nearby facility.
Pregnant women in India now have the right to vaccinate Covid. On Friday, the union health department issued a permit based on the recommendations of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI).
The decision gives pregnant women the option to take the Covid vaccine, the Department said, adding that the women could now register at Cowin or go to the nearest Covid-19 vaccine center for infection.
The decision has been rolled out to all provinces and union areas for implementation under the National Covid Program, the statement said.
India’s Covid immunization program includes the recommendations of leading specialists in vaccination, public health, disease control, and information technology.
Based on scientific evidence and the epidemic, the program prioritizes the country’s health care system by protecting professionals, health care providers, practitioners, using it, and protecting vulnerable groups, the Department said.
So far, all groups except pregnant women were eligible for the Covid vaccine. Now, even pregnant women are being expanded into the world’s largest vaccination campaign, the report stated.
Researches have revealed that Covid infection during pregnancy can lead to a rapid deterioration in the well-being of pregnant women. Moreover, they are at greater risk for serious diseases. It can also affect the fetus, it says.
Domestic information experts have examined the issue based on evidence showing that pregnant women are at a higher risk of serious complications from Covid than non-pregnant women in the event of infection.
In addition, pregnant women with COVID-19 infection are at higher risk of preterm birth and other adverse pregnancy outcomes, including a higher risk of newborn infections. Of COVID-19 complications in pregnancy, “the statement said.
NTAGI recommends the vaccination of pregnant ladies. The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) also raised it with one voice. In addition, consultation at the national level on the Covid vaccine for pregnant women was also convened by the health department to build consensus on the Covid vaccine.
The consultation unanimously accepted NTAGI’s recommendation to vaccinate pregnant women. Consultations include trained organizations such as FOGSI, national governments, CSOs, NGOs, development partner agencies, technical experts, etc.
The Department has accepted these recommendations and has developed operational guidelines for female genital mutilation, medical counseling, and advanced care providers. Public information education resources to equip provinces and union areas to vaccinate pregnant women.
Pregnant women, who choose to be vaccinated, may be included in Covid vaccines available in the country during their pregnancy at the nearest government or private immunization center after being registered in Cowin or registering at a nearby facility. The statement said.
Procedures and procedures such as registration, post-vaccination certification, etc., will remain the same for beneficiaries over the age of 18 under the Covid vaccination program, it said.
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