New guidelines for administering the COVID-19 vaccine to pregnant women have been issued by the Union Health Ministry, which states that pregnancy does not increase the risk of COVID-19 infection. In this regard, the Department of Trade Unions has advised all pregnant women to register with the Co-WIN portal or to register with you at the COVID-19 vaccination center. The process of registering pregnant women remains the same as the population and according to the latest guidelines provided by the Union Health Ministry from time to time.
Guidelines for providing COVID-19 vaccines to pregnant women
• Many pregnant women will have no symptoms or have a serious illness, but their health may soon deteriorate and this could affect the fetus. It is important that they take all precautionary measures against COVID-19, including the COVID-19 vaccine
• Women who fall into the high risk category include – a health worker or forensic person; a community with a high or increasing level of infection with COVID-19; it is often exposed to people outside the city and the difficulty of adapting to social distance when living in a crowded home
• If a pregnant woman becomes infected, although most (90%) of pregnant women recover without the need for hospitalization, a rapid deterioration in health care may result in a few
• Pregnant women with symptoms appear to be at greater risk of serious illness and death
• In the event of serious illnesses, like all other patients, pregnant women will also need to be hospitalized
• Pregnant women with poor health conditions eg, high blood pressure, obesity, over the age of 35 are at high risk of serious illness due to COVID-19
• The majority (over 95%) of newborns of mothers with COVID-19 mothers who are in good health at birth. In some cases, COVID-19 infection in pregnancy can increase the chances of premature birth, the baby may weigh less than 2.5 kg and in rare cases, the baby may die before birth.
• Women over the age of 35, overweight women, with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, having a history of thickening of the legs are at greater risk of complications after COVID-19 infection
• In the event that a woman becomes infected with COVID-19 during her current pregnancy, she should be vaccinated immediately after giving birth
In addition, the department declares that the available COVID-19 drugs are safe and that vaccination protects pregnant women from COVID-19 infections.
As with any medicine, a vaccine can have side effects that are usually mild. After receiving the vaccine, she may have a mild fever, pain at the injection site or may feel unwell for 1-3 days.
The long-term side effects and safety of the fetal and fetal vaccine are not yet known.