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Pregnant Women Can Now Be Vaccinated After the 2nd Trimester

Written by FDM

The Minister of Health, Khalid Ait Taleb, announced the update of the contraindications for anti-covid vaccination, in particular for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

This update comes following the recommendations made by the ad hoc scientific committee for the development of the vaccine strategy against Sars-Cov-2.

The document thus announces “the partial lifting of the contraindication of vaccination or the precautions for use for pregnant and breastfeeding women, in the light of scientific data published to date, which recall the favorable risk-benefit ratio for the administration of the vaccine against Covid-19 during pregnancy, from the 2nd trimester and the eligibility of lactating women for vaccination ”.

“Pregnant women with Covid-19 are more likely to develop a severe form if they are over 25 or have certain underlying medical conditions,” said Prof. Lahcen Belyamani, Head of the emergency department at the military hospital in Rabat and president of the Moroccan Society of Emergency Medicine (SMMU).

A study entitled “Risk factors for illness severity among pregnant women with confirmed severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2 infection” indicates that pregnant women with covid disease run an increased risk of developing a serious disease compared to other women, who are not pregnant ”.

The study shows that pregnant women over 25 years old who participated in the study with underlying health problems (obesity before pregnancy, chronic lung diseases, chronic hypertension, diabetes, etc.) are associated with an increased risk of developing moderate to severe or critical forms of Covid-19.