Symptomatic cases of Covid-19 were significantly higher at 28.7% among pregnant and post-partum women during the second wave, compared with the first wave when the proportion was 14.2%, a comparative analysis of data during the two waves by ICMR showed. The case fatality rate among such women was also much higher during the second wave at 5.7%, against 0.7% in the first wave. The study underlines the importance of vaccination of pregnant and lactating women against Covid-19 as they were more severely affected during the second wave of the pandemic compared to the first. Overall, 2% maternal deaths were estimated during both the waves. While Covid-19 vaccination is recommended for all lactating women in India, the government has still not allowed vaccinating pregnant women, citing lack of clinical trial data. Minutes of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) meeting showed that the group has suggested vaccinating pregnant women as the benefits of vaccination may outweigh the risk. However, it suggested that women should be informed that long-term adverse events and the safety of the vaccine for the foetus and the child were yet to be established.
Jun 17, 2021, 09:26AM ISTSource: TOI.in