Apollo Indraprastha Hospitals sources said only one pregnant woman turned up to take the jab. At Manipal Hospital and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, there were no vaccines administered for pregnant women on Saturday. “We’ve started counselling pregnant women to be vaccinated because the benefits outweigh the risks. We hope some expecting mothers will come for the vaccination soon,” said Dr Ruma Satwik, consultant, department of obstetrics & gynaecology at Ganga Ram.
Pregnancy has been considered an independent risk factor for Covid progression, adverse outcomes and deaths, Dr Satwik added. The institute of obstetrics and gynaecology at SGRH has issued a statement saying maternal mortality rate during the Covid pandemic was approximately 23 times more than normal. “Also, as per our data, the mortality rate in pregnant women was 2.5 times higher than that in age-matched, non-pregnant women with Covid,” the hospital said.
Covid vaccines have been administered to pregnant women in the US and Europe without reports of serious adverse events. On May 28, the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation also said that the benefits of Covid vaccinations in pregnant women outweighed the risks. It, however, added that all beneficiaries should be fully informed that the long-term adverse reactions and safety of the vaccine for the foetus were not established yet.
The new guidelines, issued on Friday, clearly state that all pregnant women should take the vaccine. “This is the right time to take the vaccine because the positivity rate is low and the risk, therefore, of getting infected at the vaccination centre is also lower,” said Dr Neerja Bhatla, professor and head of obstetrics and gynaecology, AIIMS.
Dr Yashica Gudesar, head of obstetrics & gynaecology, Manipal Hospital, said some patients who are planning pregnancy wanted to clear their doubts regarding vaccination. “Before the third wave arrives, if any, I suggest all mums-to-be to get jabbed,” she said.
In case a woman has been infected with Covid during the current pregnancy, she should then be vaccinated soon after the delivery, a health ministry advised stated.