Officials from the Bali Health Agency have ensured that the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine is safe for pregnant women.
The Head of the Bali Health Agency, Dr. Ketut Suarjaya confirmed that apart from Bali’s medical workers, pregnant women are also targeted to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, and he ensures that the Moderna vaccine that is now being distributed is safe for both pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. “We have started our Covid-19 vaccination program for pregnant women in Bali, and it’s been running without any problem so far.” Dr. Suarjaya said on Wednesday (25/8).
According to the data from the Bali provincial government, pregnant women are likely to have less immunity against disease or infections, including the Coronavirus during their maternity, especially those who suffer with pre-existing conditions. “As our effort to reduce the risk of getting infected with Covid-19, it’s really important to protect the more vulnerable by distributing this vaccine.” Dr. Suarjaya added.
Pregnant women are expected to receive the first dose of the vaccine in the second trimester of their pregnancy. Suarjaya also explained that he has reduced the provincial government’s daily vaccination target to medical workers as many of them experienced symptoms of a fever for an average of 3 days after receiving the third dose of Covid-19 vaccine from Moderna. “Many of our medical workers got a fever for around 3 days after receiving the vaccine booster from Moderna, resulting in them becoming unable to work at our hospital, and we’ll suffer greatly if we don’t have enough staff to work at the medical facilities. So we need to slow down our pace a little bit to give everyone time to rest while still covering the hospitals needs.” Dr. Suarjaya concluded.
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