Are The Covid-19 Vaccines Safe For Pregnant Women In Nigeria?
The Covid vaccination journey of people across the globe has become a complete tale, one good to tell as efforts are being intensified within the country and abroad to increase the rate of vaccinated humans on the planet. As of the 7th of February 2022, statistics, as shown by the Nigeria centre for disease control (NCDC), indicated that the vaccine doses given have amounted to 20.6 billion, with 5.45 million people fully vaccinated, which makes a 2.6% of the total population of the country; on a grander scale, about 54.1% of the world’s people have been fully vaccinated, with 10.3 billion doses given and 4.22 billion people being fully vaccinated. These revealed figures point to the essence of everyone getting vaccinated to hasten the goal of combating the virus.
Vital as it may seem with the act of vaccination, set of women who are pregnant, lactating (i.e., breastfeeding), or hoping to be pregnant in the nearest future may have worrisome concerns about the possible presence of effect from the vaccine antigen on their body; tailing an impact on their natural ability to bear the responsibility of pregnancy or fertility with respect to the issue of concern to the woman. A denotation from this pinches up a tendency of a likely adverse effect; however, this thought might not be an objective truth. Although there is not much data currently on the vaccination of pregnant women, a growing study as far as known has it that it is safe for women in either of the mentioned categories to be vaccinated; as a matter of fact, it very essential for pregnant women to be vaccinated.
Indications from the Nigeria centre for disease control (NCDC) and the world health organization (WHO) pick on the fact that pregnant women are a fitting inclusion in the group of people with a high risk for severe COVID-19 diseases. Data so far on the vaccination of pregnant women has shown that there is no health risk or safety concerns over the vaccination of pregnant women. This study on pregnant women in countries where the virus has spread to a good expanse has brought to an insight that pregnant women are safe to be vaccinated since the benefit of being vaccinated far outweighs that of the risk of vaccination. It, therefore, comes relevant and essential for pregnant women to be vaccinated, a pregnant woman who is not vaccinated but when infected with the virus, this could turn her pregnant situation into a more complicated one, bringing about more severity in the pregnancy; with such conditions as stillbirth, preterm birth (i.e., delivery before due time), hospitalization and intensive care and a possibility of other pregnancy complications, duly noting that the mother could pass the virus to the child in the womb marks out the significant relevance of vaccination.
The manufactured and approved covid-19 vaccines in the Emergency use list (EUL) are made without a live virus and certainly cannot make people sick of the virus, not excluding pregnant persons and their babies. The vaccination of pregnant women plays a crucial role in the facilitation of protection against covid-19; the vaccine helps to build antibodies which, according to a study by the centre for disease control (CDC), where found in the umbilical cord blood an indication that the antibodies might help to provide protection for the unborn baby, it would be imperative to state that more scientific data is being gathered as regards the effect of vaccines on pregnant, lactating or women hoping to be pregnant in the future, as far as the concern is, no scientifically generated data propels the existence of some impact of the vaccine on individuals during pregnancy, also for fertility, the central bottom line as emphasized by professionals in the medical field is that the reproductive system functioning cannot in any way be interfered with by the vaccines.
The overly unpremeditated worries about the impact of the vaccines on pregnant women have by far been a thing of the social media horizons; no scientific findings have brought about this thought in the real sense of things, the dynamics behind the wave is attributable to the intentional motion of people to overturn the need to see vaccination as of relevance to curb the COVID-19 or to postulate the worrisome intent that having to use a medical element newly developed to resolve the control objective of the covid virus currently in transmission. However, the perspective from various experts across the globe has indicated otherwise in the trail that vaccines have more benefits than safety risks on pregnant women; with perseverance in the gathering of data with time across the globe, more results could obtain to be used in the analysis of the questions that arise over the likelihood of effects of vaccines on women with pregnancy, or lactating mothers.
Indeed and as emphasized in the preceding articles, there should be no need for any form of anxious feeling amongst women who are pregnant or women currently breastfeeding or women who hope to be pregnant in the nearest future as regards the action of getting vaccinated during the allocated time, as appropriate with such tune, data gathered by experts so far has no indication of adverse side effect in these categories of women; strictly speaking, women with pregnancy are more at a higher risk at having complications when infected with the COVID-19 virus, this tendency rings up the vitality for pregnant women to take their vaccines at the drawn time, taking this step should however be discussed with their respective medical expert for more advice regarding expectations related to the vaccination and state of pregnancy; this comes relevant to the studying and monitoring of the pregnancy and the condition of the woman during the period up to the moment of delivery. A study of over 35,000 pregnant women by the scientists at the US centre for disease and control shows that no increased risk or adverse pregnancy outcomes exist with either of the vaccines Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna; participants in the study were of age group 16 to 54 years, the study was published in New England Journal of Medicine in April 2021.
Over 200,000 women have so far received vaccine of the class mRNA, without any cause for safety concerns; this fact pitches and corrects the notion about the possibility of an effect of SARS-CoV-2 virus vaccine on women with pregnancy or breastfeeding mothers or women with expectations for pregnancy. Women in the country considering being vaccinated can have a clear mind towards this; however, they could seek advice from their healthcare experts to facilitate them in making an informed decision.