NEW DELHI: Over 2.27 lakh pregnant women in India have received the first dose of covid-19 vaccine, the government said on Friday.
Tamil Nadu has been leading the way by vaccinating over 78,838 pregnant women, followed by Andhra Pradesh at 34,228, Odisha at 29,821, Madhya Pradesh at 21,842, Kerala at 18,423 and Karnataka at 16,673, as per data from the health ministry.
“This can be seen as a result of regular counselling of pregnant women by health workers and medical officers about risks of COVID-19 infection to pregnant women and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination,” the ministry said in a statement.
States have taken an array of initiatives to encourage pregnant women to receive vaccines, including pro-active counselling at antenatal clinics, mobilization of ASHAs, among others, the government stated.
The infection of COVID-19 during pregnancy might result in rapid deterioration of health of pregnant women, as well as a higher risk for severe illness in the foetus. Pregnant women with covid-19 infection might have an increased risk for preterm birth.
The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) had recommended vaccination for pregnant women leading to inclusion of pregnant women in India’s vaccination drive.
India has reported over 44,230 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours with 549 deaths. Active caseload stands at 4,05,155, comprising 1.28% of total cases. India has cumulatively administered nearly 46 crores covid-19 vaccine doses.