Priority COVID-19 vaccinations offered for people who are pregnant in BC

Indian workers disinfect an isolation center for COVID-19 positive people in Hyderabad India

Indian workers disinfect an isolation center for COVID-19 positive people in Hyderabad India

Dr. Deborah Money, a professor in the University of British Columbia's department of obstetrics and gynecology leading the national research project, said about 50 to 60 pregnant women are being diagnosed with COVID-19 in B.C. every week.

"All Health Canada-approved vaccines are safe and effective, and I encourage everyone to register and receive their vaccine as soon as they are eligible".

The announcement was made on Tuesday afternoon by the Ministry of Health. 'We are seeing increase in the number of pregnant women requiring intensive care and ending up on ventilators, ' he said.

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More than 1.9 million vaccine doses have been administered so far in B.C.

'The higher risk of severe Covid-19 suggests that pregnancy should be now considered a high risk condition and we should prioritise immunisation in pregnant women, ' Dr Hassan added.

The WHO chief says they have been working with their regional adjunct, the Pan American Health Organization, to get medicines and assistance to Brazil as well.

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She said research by the Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists and a study in the USA has shown that vaccines are safe for women in all stages of pregnancy.

"We also know now that there's good evidence that immunization in women who are breastfeeding means transfer of antibodies to the infant as well". Recent data in the province shows that pregnant people can experience severe illness from COVID-19, including similar symptoms to those in older age groups.

The report shows the number of COVID-positive pregnancies Canada-wide went up by 44 per cent so far this year compared to last year, rising to 4,064 on March 26 from 2,824 on December 31. "My hope is that knowing vaccines are safe and effective at any point in pregnancy will encourage those who are now pregnant to take the opportunity to get vaccinated".

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