The Family Health Bureau says under the first phase of vaccinating expectant women against COVID-19, pregnant women above 35 years of age and are obese will be vaccinated.
Director, Specialist Dr. Chithramalee de Silva speaking at a media briefing said the Ministry of Health has taken steps to vaccinate expectant women as they suffer from severe complications after contracting COVID-19.
She noted expectant women will be vaccinated under several groups; those above 35 years, obese women with a Body Mass Index of more than 30 and women with health complications such as cancer, heart, respiratory and kidney related illnesses and high blood pressure.
Dr. de Silva said these groups will be prioritized. She added expectant frontline healthcare workers will also be administered vaccine doses.
Dr. Chithramalee de Silva stated expectant women under these groups can obtain the vaccine via the area Public Health Office.
Dr. de Silva added expectant women must sign a consent form prior to being vaccinated.
She noted thereafter the Family Health Planning Officer will conduct a cross check examination two days after administering the vaccine, to determine whether the expectant female is exhibiting any complications after being vaccinated.
She added expectant women should be cautious even after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination as there is still a risk of contracting the virus.
She stressed pregnant women must strictly adhere to health guidelines including limiting movement in public places, social distancing, avoiding closed spaces, washing hands frequently and wearing a face mask.