Perspectives on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women in South Africa

African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine

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Title Perspectives on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women in South Africa
Creator Hunter, Mehreen Moodley, Jagidesa Moran, Neil
Subject — COVID-19; vaccination; pregnancy; arguments; women
Description Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a pandemic that has created a global health crisis and upended conventional methodologies, both in the governance and clinical structures of Health Care Systems. The spread of COVID-19 has necessitated a coordinated public health response in an effective, extensive and expedited vaccination rollout strategy with the ultimate aim of limiting all nidi of infection for the pathogen. For this goal to be realised, pregnant women, as a cohort, cannot reasonably be excluded from this initiative, despite the initial reluctance to include them in clinical trials for various ethical and legal reasons. Weighing the detrimental complications of COVID-19 on maternal and perinatal outcomes against the hypothetical risk of vaccination in the context of promising, albeit indirect, safety and efficacy data, this report argues that all pregnant women should be offered the choice of whether or not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine based on the available evidence and their individualised risk-benefit ratio.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2021-07-27
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Review
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/phcfm.v13i1.2998
Source African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine; Vol 13, No 1 (2021); 3 pages 2071-2936 2071-2928
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Mehreen Hunter, Jagidesa Moodley, Neil Moran