Experts from the WHO Strategic Advisory Group on Immunization (SAGE) identified pregnancy as a condition with an increased risk of severe COVID-19 and recommended vaccination.
The updated roadmap for prioritizing vaccine use in supply-limited countries, published July 19, said.
“Evidence suggests that pregnant women have a higher risk of severe outcomes from SARS-CoV-2 infection. COVID-19 infection during pregnancy is also associated with an increased risk of preterm birth and newborns needing intensive care,” the document said.
Because of this, experts have moved pregnant women to Phase II of the epidemiologic scenarios of the SAGE prioritization roadmap. This means that pregnant women will be vaccinated second after medics, the elderly and citizens with chronic diseases.
In addition, experts recommend that breastfeeding mothers continue to breastfeed their babies after the COVID-19 vaccination.
“Some short-term studies have shown that immunization of breastfeeding mothers does not pose a risk to infants, and early limited evidence suggests that protection from the vaccine may be transmitted from mother to child,” the roadmap states.