Vaccination for vulnerable pregnant women from tomorrow
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Pregnant women who are vulnerable or facing life threatening pregnancies would be vaccinated from tomorrow (9), Director of the Family Health Bureau (FHB), Dr. Chitramali de Silva said. Addressing the media, at the Health Promotion Bureau (HPB), Dr. de Silva said, “As it is, pregnant women are a highly vulnerable to the COVID-19 infection.
The possibilities of them developing complications due to the infection are more. However amongst them are those who are more vulnerable than others, who experience life threatening pregnancies and could become critical as a result of being infected with the virus.
Initially the COVID jab would be given to that group.” The primary group to receive the COVID jab from amongst the pregnant women would include, those above the age of 35, those who are obese and whose body mass index (BMI) is above 30, and those suffering from high blood pressure (HBP), diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, heart, liver and renal diseases and cancer, Dr. de Silva said.
She noted that the Family Health Officer (FHO) and the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) of each area would identify the pregnant women who are to initially receive the coronavirus jab.
She said that like everyone else, however, they too would have to sign a letter of consent prior to vaccination. The Director of the FHB said that two days after receiving the jab the FHO in the MOH area would follow up by visiting each of these pregnant women to check on their condition after inoculation. Responding to questions the Deputy Director General Health Services, Dr. Hemantha Herath said that the mothers would be vaccinated with the Sinopharm jab.