Pregnant women can be vaccinated from 21 weeks

By TPN/Lusa, in News, COVID-19 · 05-07-2021 14:46:00 · 3 Comments

Pregnant women aged 16 or over can now be vaccinated against Covid-19 from 21 weeks.

Speaking to Lusa, the coordinator of the Technical Commission on Vaccination Against Covid-19, Válter Fonseca, explained that “recent studies have shown that vaccines are safe during pregnancy and capable of inducing the production of protective antibodies for pregnant women”.

The recommendation is for vaccination to be carried out after 21 weeks of pregnancy and, preferably, in health centres, although vaccination is not prohibited in any location where vaccines are available.

"It should preferably take place in the context of primary health care, where health professionals have had experience in vaccinating pregnant women for many years," explained Válter Fonseca.

The logistics on how pregnant women should apply is still being adjusted and will be announced in the coming days.

Válter Fonseca recalled that pregnancy has been associated with an increased risk of severe Covid-19 and underlined that the vaccines used in Portugal “are inactivated, like many that have been used safely for years within the scope of the National Vaccination Program”.

The standard states that vaccination must respect a minimum interval of 14 days in relation to the administration of other vaccines, such as the pertussis vaccine and the flu vaccine, and that breastfeeding is not a contraindication for vaccination against Covid-19.

Speaking to Lusa, the coordinator of the Technical Commission on Vaccination against Covid-19 stressed that “vaccines against covid-19 are safe and effective”, but recalled that “it has not yet been fully demonstrated that they can prevent the transmission of the virus.”

“Hence the importance, at this stage, of continuing to maintain adequate protection measures, such as social distancing, the use of masks and hand hygiene,” he added.

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My mother knew better. DPT, smallpox, polio, trivalent, measles, mumps, and rubella.

By William from Other on 07-07-2021 01:18

Thalidomide had really good test results.
It was so good they used this drug for a variety of dis eases. Multi elixir!

Then babies began popping out looking diiferent.
No sweat, as long as it's not your child eh. And that big Compensation pot full of cash puts minds at ease.

My wife after first home birth, holding our daughter, twenty years ago.... " there is no way a surgical needle should pierce this skin in the name of 'protecion'.
Only a Mothers point of view.......... what do they know?

By love steve from Alentejo on 06-07-2021 08:08

Cost benefit analysis, anyone ?

Absolutely shameful.

By Marco from Madeira on 05-07-2021 03:30
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