COVID Vaccine and miscarriage: Data has shown that 5% of India’s population comprises women who are pregnant. While recent research and studies have highlighted pregnant people as “high risk” when it comes to the effects of the virus, pregnant women are still not permitted to get vaccinated in India by the government. Is there a link between the COVID-19 Vaccine and miscarriage in pregnant women?
In the second wave of the pandemic, new studies have continuously given different causes and concerns for pregnant women when it comes to getting infected with the COVID-19 virus. Research published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology states that pregnant women are three times more likely to be hospitalised with COVID-19. The study also claimed that infected pregnant people are 13 times more likely to die than other individuals who are not pregnant when infected.
As COVID infection goes up in the country, the potential risk of pregnant women getting the virus increases too. But the government has not yet taken a firm decision when it comes to vaccinating pregnant women. Dr. Sudeshna Ray, a specialised gynaecologist and obstetrician spoke to SheThePeople, and said that the vaccine cannot cause a miscarriage. “Neither COVID infection nor vaccination is associated with any increase risk of miscarriage in pregnancy,” she noted.
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Most doctors have agreed on the point that they definitely recommend pregnant women to take the vaccine because the known risks of COVID-19 during pregnancy are greater than the unknown risks of the vaccination during pregnancy.
Are there risks?
While it is important to note that the risk of miscarriage is particularly high in the first trimester of pregnancy, there are no data, studies, or research suggesting that taking COVID-19 vaccines can lead to miscarriages in pregnant women.
What are doctors saying?
Dr. NK Arora, one of the working heads in the current pandemic field told India Today, “For pregnant women, a firm decision is yet to be taken by the committee and the government,” regarding the vaccination of pregnant women. Recently, senior doctors and gynaecologists from Tamil Nadu also urged the Central government to give out vaccination to pregnant women on a priority basis. The experts have requested this because of the rising infections and deaths because of COVID-19 in pregnant women. Read more on that here.