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Get vaccinated, ob-gyns urge pregnant women

BY Dinitha Rathnayake

The Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SLCOG) urged pregnant women to obtain the Covid-19 vaccine at the nearest hospital or clinic.

It was also decided at the recent National Operation Centre for Prevention of Covid-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) Task Force meeting, chaired by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, to vaccinate all residents of the Western Province over the age of 30 before 31 August.

Accordingly, the same opportunity has been afforded to expectant mothers. In this regard, the SLCOG recommended that pregnant women who are 30 years of age or older, those among them who suffer from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or asthma, or who are employed in high-risk jobs in the community, should definitely get the vaccine.

The provision of Covid-19 vaccines for pregnant women was recently launched on 9 June and about 300 pregnant women have been vaccinated so far. The scientific opinion is that it is practical to get vaccinated properly to protect against the B.1.617.2 Indian Delta strain of Covid-19 and also because 12 pregnant women have died so far from Covid-19.

The Morning reported yesterday (10) about the slow progress of pregnant women being vaccinated, even though the vaccination of pregnant women is scheduled to be completed within one month. Issues in administering the vaccine to expectant women at Army-run 24-hour centres, owing to the documentation related to the special consent letters pertaining to pregnant women allegedly not being provided by the relevant Health authorities to these centres, were reported.