No pregnancy complications from vaccines 

  • 100,000 vaccinated pregnant women show no issues 

BY Pamodi Waravita 

The Family Health Bureau (FHB) yesterday (21) said that it has not recorded any complications from the approximately 100, 000 pregnant women who received the Covid-19 vaccines in Sri Lanka so far. Therefore, the FHB thus urged all pregnant women to obtain a Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible. 

“We maintain a database of all mothers who received the vaccine. From our follow up methods, we have determined that no mother has had complications due to the vaccines. We also check on the newborn children for one month after birth, and have confirmed that no child has faced complications due to their mothers getting the vaccine,” FHB Director Dr. Chithramalee De Silva said at a media briefing held yesterday. 

She added that Sri Lanka was the first South Asian country to specifically conduct a vaccination programme targeting pregnant women. 

“The aim of the vaccination programme is to reduce complications and reduce mortality among mothers. If you are yet to receive the vaccines, contact your local family health officer and obtain the vaccines soon. Pregnant women don’t have to face crowds either as they are directed separately to get the vaccines,” assured Dr. De Silva. 

According to the Presidential Secretariat’s “Vaccination Dashboard”, 75% of the population over the age of 20 years has been fully vaccinated with two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, whilst 93% of the same population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.