The Ministry of Health on Tuesday advised pregnant women to take the coronavirus vaccine, as many women expected a child with COVID-19 to become seriously ill, a concern.
The Health Ministry said in a statement that there is no evidence of harm from vaccination during the entire pregnancy.
“Among pregnant women who become infected and fall ill with coronovirus, the disease has a serious onset compared to a similar age,” the ministry said.
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The ministry said that pregnant women who opt for vaccination can do so through their health maintenance organization.
According to Hebrew media reports, ten pregnant women have become seriously ill and hospitalized in recent times due to coronovirus infection.
The report stated that their babies were delivered prematurely through Caesarean section procedures due to the life-threatening risk to mothers and children.
Some of the women are suspected to have been infected with the so-called British strain of coronovirus, a mutated strain known to be more contagious, though not more deadly.
Due to the incidence of pregnant women becoming seriously ill, Chezie Levy, director general of the Ministry of Health, consulted the National Council for Women’s Disease and Fertility and an official committee that sets the priority for vaccination.
The Priorities Committee gave its approval for pregnant women of all ages to receive the vaccine, which until now has been available only to medical workers, over 45 years of age and at risk groups.
The committee has recommended vaccinations for pregnant women who are regularly exposed to the public or who have medical conditions, while other expecting mothers can decide for themselves whether based on the advice of the Ministry of Health To do.
In its Tuesday statement, the Ministry of Health stressed that experts have assessed that “there is no biological mechanism that explains the possibility of harm to the mother or fetus.”
The ministry said that the women who were vaccinated were unaware that they were pregnant, not more irregular growth during pregnancy than those who were not vaccinated.
The clinical trial for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine that Israel is using for its mass vaccination campaign did not include pregnant or lactating women, and companies have said to show if there is any risk involved There was insufficient data.
This led to the exclusion of pregnant women and lactating mothers from their immunization programs in some countries, including Israel.
Ten pregnant women were recently hospitalized with the virus – four in the past week – the Health Ministry ordered that all of them be tested to see if they were infected with the British strain, or South Africa Another mutation detected in the Cannes public broadcaster reported on Tuesday.
Samples were sent to the Ministry of Health’s central laboratory and preliminary results showed that at least three of them contained British strain, the Ynet website reported. Final results will be available in the coming days.
Health officials have said that there is no evidence yet that standard coronavirus vaccination does not work even on British stress, but there is concern that its arrival in the country is leading to increased infection rates as the pace of the vaccination program moves forward is. Surveillance groups estimate that Israel has the highest number of per capita vaccinations in the world.
On Tuesday, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said more than 186,000 people were given the shots the day before, mostly for those who had already had the first dose, as well as tens of thousands who were getting their first injection. Was.
As of Tuesday, the first dose of 2,215,963 people was about a quarter of Israel’s nine million inhabitants, according to ministry data. The number includes 479,818 who have also taken second.
Despite the fast pace of the vaccination program and the national lockdown for three weeks, the ministry said 10,051 new cases were diagnosed on Monday, the highest daily caseloads since the outbreak began at the beginning of last year.
A total of 565,629 people have been diagnosed with coronovirus since the onset of the epidemic in Israel and there are 82,652 active patients. The death toll has reached 4,080.