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Experts urge pregnant women to get vaccinated

QUEZON CITY (PIA) – The Department of Health will revise its vaccination guidelines to include pregnant women as part of the A3 prioritization subgroup or persons with underlying conditions as recommended by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) due to delta variant surge.

“We will be revising our existing guidelines for pregnant women based on these recommendations and to indicate that they are now part of Expanded A3,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

In an updated CDC guideline posted on their website, they stress the evidence about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine and suggest that the benefits of receiving the vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.
Experts recommend Covid-19 vaccines as generally safe for pregnant women during the 2ndor 3rdtrimester.

Dr. Sibyl Bravo of the Philippine Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology said pregnant women should get vaccinated after their first trimester to remove doubts if a vaccine could cause problems such as congenital disabilities or spontaneous bleeding.

The DOH said most of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the country are safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
However, DOH advised not to give Gamaleya’s Sputnik V to pregnant women. (GRC-PIA IDPD) 

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