Covid-19: pregnant women can be vaccinated from the start of pregnancy

All pregnant women will finally be able to claim vaccination, as announced by the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, on Tuesday, July 20. Apart from three situations, “Which potentially concern a few hundred French people, there is no contraindication to the messenger RNA vaccine” against the Covid, “Including pregnancy (in) the first trimester”, he declared during the questioning session to the government, to the National Assembly.

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While the Covid-19 vaccine was not recommended for women in early pregnancy, due to a lack of data, no particular risk was observed in those who received a dose of the vaccine during this period. Especially those who did not yet know they were pregnant.

Three contraindications to vaccination

A list of three medical contraindications was established, after advice from the National Medicines Safety Agency (ANSM), the committee on the vaccination strategy of Alain Fischer and the scientific council, explained Olivier Véran.

The first is the “PIMS syndrome”, or pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a complication ” extremely rare “ which has affected some children and adolescents as a result of infection with the coronavirus.

The second concerns “Severe myocarditis, pericarditis and hepatitis-type reactions requiring hospitalization and following a first injection of mRNA vaccine”. And the last concerns people who are allergic to one of the components of the vaccine, PEG2000, or polyethylene glycol, a situation that “Must concern about 10 cases in our country”, he assured.


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