COVID-19: Kerala to launch Mathru Kavacham campaign to vaccinate pregnant women
Kerala Health Minister Veena George informed that the Kerala government is all set to launch a campaign called ‘Mathru Kavacham’ to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all the pregnant women in the state.
Kerala Health Minister Veena George on July 12, 2021, informed that the Kerala government is all set to launch a campaign called ‘Mathru Kavacham’ to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all the pregnant women in the state.
George stressed that getting the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy is an important preventive measure. COVID-19 can adversely affect the health of pregnant women. The virus can have severe implications in people over 35 years of age, or people with high blood pressure or diabetes, or obese people. The infection can have adverse effects on the health of the baby.
Mathru Kavacham campaign: Key points
•George further explained that as a part of the campaign, all pregnant women will be registered for COVID-19 vaccination. Those without smartphones or computers will be registered with the help of ASHA workers. The health workers will make sure all pregnant women in each sub-center area are registered and vaccinated.
•Special vaccination camps for pregnant women will be set up on special days at the district level. Arrangement for avoiding contact with others will be in place at the vaccination camps.
COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy
•Regarding COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, George noted:
(i) One can receive the vaccine during any phase of pregnancy. It is advised to complete the doses of a vaccine. However, if one is infected during pregnancy, the vaccine can only be administered after delivery.
(ii) One should not be given the COVID-19 vaccine until three months if infected.
Why is COVID-19 vaccine being recommended for pregnant women?
•Studies have shown that pregnant women with COVID-19 can suffer rapid deterioration in their health and are exposed to an increased risk of severe illnesses that might affect the fetus too.
•Pregnant women with COVID-19 are at an increased risk of developing severe illnesses compared to non-pregnant women in case of an infection.
•Pregnant women with COVID-19 are at an increased risk of pre-term birth and other pregnancy complications including neonatal morbidity.
•The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on July 2, 2021, had approved vaccinating pregnant women against COVID-19 based on the recommendations of the National Technical Advisory Group of Immunization (NTAGI).
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