Pregnant women should also get Covid-19 vaccine

Pregnant women should also get Covid-19 vaccine

Pregnant women should consider vaccination against COVID-19, major medical groups in the United States state, CNN reports.


"There's really no theoretical reason to believe it's going to cause harm to either the mother, or her unborn child and we're very confident it's going to provide considerable benefits to both the mother and the baby," said Dr. Richard Beigi, who sits on ACOG's Immunization, Infectious Disease, and Public Health Preparedness Expert Work Group.


ACOG (the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) recommends that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination based on ACIP-recommended priority groups.


COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to lactating individuals similar to non-lactating individuals when they meet criteria for receipt of the vaccine based on prioritization groups outlined by the ACIP.


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WHO recently  recommended against using the Moderna vaccine during pregnancy "unless the benefit of vaccinating a pregnant woman outweighs the potential vaccine risks," such as in health workers and "pregnant women with comorbidities" who are at high risk for developing a severe case of Covid-19.


The international health agency had also recommended against using the Pfizer vaccine during pregnancy in January, pointing in both cases to a lack of safety data on pregnant women who were excluded from original vaccine trials.


But US doctors argue that any potential vaccine risks mentioned by WHO are purely speculative compared to the known risks of Covid-19 for both pregnant women and their babiesq CNN reports.