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No Covid Vaccine for Pregnant Women Right Now

Public Health department, UK has shared that the new Covid vaccine will not be given to pregnant women and underage children. The provisional guidance was released this Friday after the first coronavirus vaccine was approved for Britishers. This guidance also explains the priority order of this vaccine picking the most deserving persons for this vaccine.

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The release of this guideline has cleared out one thing that even if this Covid vaccine is readily available, only a few selective groups will have access to it and it doesn’t include pregnant women. The advice for pregnant women looking forward to the Covid vaccine is to wait till their delivery. They can only be vaccinated for coronavirus once they deliver their baby.

This raises the question of why are pregnant women discriminated against to receive the covid vaccine while there is no obvious risk involved. Most of these vaccine candidates are following phase three clinical trials and are sharing the least risks for anyone. So why are pregnant women not entitled to receive the Covid vaccine?

The reason is that these clinical trials studied healthy individuals and no pharmaceutical company has conducted phase three Covid trials on pregnant women. Without any trial results, it is hard to predict the benefits, efficacy, and safety of the woman and her baby.  so, the best is to wait till delivery and not take this risk.

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Although the currently available data shows no concerns for the pregnant women but without clear results, it would be unsafe to administer the Covid vaccine dose among pregnant women, according to health experts.

Hence, the Covid vaccine for pregnant women has to wait till their delivery and after delivering the baby, they can get their vaccine shot.

On the other side, breastfeeding mothers are entitled to receive this new Covid vaccine. And the new guideline only focuses on pregnant women, calling them at high-risk because of un-identified outcomes.

Like pregnant women, people under 18 will also not receive the new Covid vaccine as there is no study to confirm the efficacy and safety in children. Without any further study, no one especially those which are likely to experience a side effect will not receive this vaccine.

The guidance clearly mentions that children’s trials of this  “SARS-CoV-2 vaccine are only in the initial phase. Therefore, without any evidence of safety, children will not be able to receive the Covid vaccine at this moment.

The Covid cases in the last few months show that the risk of complications and infection is much lower in children, as compared to older adults. Hence this vaccine is not recommended for children for now.

The major target groups for this new Covid vaccine are people with low immunity, older people, and adults who are at high risk of infection due to an underlying medical condition. It even includes HIV patients because they have a weak immune system.

Vaccination recommendations for the care providers and housemates of a Covid suspect are under consideration and there are high chances that they will be allowed to receive this vaccine on a priority basis. It is because of their frequent and close contact with a close contact who is probably is Covid suspect.

 

Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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