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Covid-19: Over 2 lakh pregnant women take first dose in a month | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a major boost for the vaccination programme, over 2.3 lakh pregnant women have received first dose of anti-Covid jabs in less than a month since vaccination against the infection was allowed for them, the government said.

Tamil Nadu has inoculated the largest number of pregnant women so far with 78,838 doses administered, followed by Andhra Pradesh (34,228), Odisha (29,821), Madhya Pradesh (21,842), Kerala (18,423) and Karnataka (16,673). This assumes significance, as pregnant women are among the high-risk population as the chance of developing the severe disease due to Covid-19 infection leading to preterm delivery and complications in both the mother and the child, are high.

The substantial vaccination coverage against Covid-19 among pregnant women in a short span of time is driven by regular counselling of pregnant women by health workers and medical officers about risks of Covid-19 infection to pregnant women and benefits of vaccination, the government said. Several initiatives have been taken by states to encourage pregnant women to take vaccine, such as counselling of eligible beneficiaries by frontline workers and counsellors at antenatal clinics, mobilisation by ASHAs, among others.

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