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Why should pregnant women get vaccinated against COVID-19?

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Peeyush Ghalot
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For many women, pregnancy is a time of happy anticipation. However, the continual pressure to make the best decisions for the pregnant woman's and her child's health and well-being dampens the delight. And, without a doubt, the COVID-19 vaccination decision-making process adds to the anxiety. COVID-19's newness in our lives, our fear of the unknown, and a multitude of misinformation make these decisions tough. Pregnant women must consider the risks of the vaccination against the risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, while determining whether or not to get vaccinated against COVID-19. In the argument and the patient's final choice, these two sides of the same coin are critical. Taking no action isn't the answer. Each pregnant woman should carefully consider her alternatives and not assume that doing nothing is the safest option, because doing nothing is likely to imply accepting the risk of damage that could have been avoided. COVID-19-infected pregnant women are three times more likely to require critical care than non-pregnant women. Although mortality in pregnant women is uncommon, COVID-19 considerably increases the risk. Health disparities have become more obvious as the pandemic has progressed. Infection with COVID-19, serious illness, and death have been disproportionately common among black and Latino people. COVID-19 vaccinations are recommended for all pregnant women or those contemplating pregnancy by leading health organizations such as the centers for Illness Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and others to protect against severe disease. Babies benefit greatly from vaccinations given during pregnancy. Vaccinated pregnant women pass antibodies from their blood to their foetus through the umbilical cord, which has been shown to protect the new born for up to six months from serious COVID-19 illness.

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