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Pregnant women need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on priority: Report

Pregnant women need to be vaccinated against COVID-19

COVID-19 cases have seen a rise in India. Amidst the high risk of infection and rising death rate due to COVID-19 among pregnant women has made a strong case of their vaccination against COVID-19 on priority.

Led by Yamini Sarwal of Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, a group of doctors prepared a report making a strong case of including pregnant women vaccination drive to reduce the already heavy burden on maternal and under-five mortality.

Amidst the reports and evidence emerging on the safety of COVID-19 vaccination among pregnant women and its benefits for newborns, the report states that including pregnant women in the high priority group to be vaccinated is a must.

Currently, due to ambiguous vaccination policies either pregnant women are not included in vaccination drive or the decision is left to the women about getting vaccinated.



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