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FOGSI Recommends COVID-19 Vaccination For Pregnant And Lactating Women

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Vaccination for pregnant women: The Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Society of India (FOGSI) recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women should be administered COVID-19 vaccines.

FOGSI stated that obstetricians, gynaecologists, and women’s healthcare should be allowed to administer COVID-19 vaccines to expecting mothers and breastfeeding women with preparations to manage adverse reactions.

They also said that individual medical practitioners cannot advise vaccination for pregnant women and breastfeeding women until there is a change in recommendations from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

FOGSI acknowledged the limited data available for use of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy, and there is even less data on the vaccines available in India regarding the same. Chairperson Dr Alpesh Gandhi said that “There is a need to prevent further waves and the vaccine is the best and long term solution to this.” Gandhi added that “This protection should extend to pregnant and lactating women. The very real benefits of vaccinating pregnant and lactating women seem to far outweigh any theoretical and remote risks of vaccination.”

On April 30, the FOGSI said in a statement that “The method of administering and monitoring the vaccine and the schedule of vaccination should be the same for pregnant and lactating women as for the general population.”

The first study on vaccination for pregnant women and lactating women was published in May in the United States of America. It showed that the COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women and lactating women generates an immune response that is equivalent to the general population.

Protective antibodies were also isolated in umbilical cord blood and breast milk, which implied protection for the foetus and newborn. There is no data on the effect of Covishield and Covaxin on pregnant and lactating women.

The FOGSI’s statement was based on the density of the population and the current infection rates in India. There has been an increase in the incidence and severity of COVID-19 infection in pregnant women. International professional bodies have uniformly taken a positive stand on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant and lactating women.

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