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Obstetricians demand that pregnant women be prioritized in COVID-19 vaccination

DUBLIN: Obstetricians demand that pregnant women should be given priority in the COVID-19 vaccination. Since the beginning of this year, seven cases of foetal deaths in Ireland have been linked to the virus. The infection was related to a variant found in the UK.

Dr Cliona Murphy, the chairperson of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said pregnant women are more at risk than the rest of the population. Dr. Murphy said “the concern is that not all of those were related to women being extremely sick in their own right.”

“We don’t really know what the underlying risk factors are but those women weren’t particularly overweight or the usual risk factors for COVID.” In this case, it is important that all pregnant women be vaccinated. She said that pregnant women should be given special consideration for vaccination, regardless of age or by any other criteria.

Pregnant women are not more likely to contract the corona virus, but there is evidence that they are more likely to suffer complications,” she said.

Since January, there have been 11 COVID cases related to the placentitis in Ireland. There were six cases of stillbirth and one case of second trimester miscarriage. “Although those numbers are small, they are obviously devastating for the families involved,” Dr. Murphy said.

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