As part of efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic through massive vaccination program, the Ghana Health Service has announced that pregnant women, who initially were exempted from the exercise can now be vaccinated.
According to the Ghana Health Service, this revision was arrived at based on new local and international studies which have proved that the vaccine is safe for pregnant women.
The Director-General for the Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye who was speaking at a media briefing at the Ministry of Information on Wednesday explained that extensive research have been done in this regard hence he assured the public, especially pregnant women that the jab poses no harm to them and their unborn babies.
“We’ve done quite a lot of work. As Ghana Health Service and all the other agencies who’re working with us, we’re all concerned about pregnant women, and that’s why we didn’t add them in the first place, in the first one year of implementation. But now that we have enough evidence both international and local, we are now able to add pregnant women to it, because it’s effective and safe”, Dr. Kuma-Aboagye told the media.
He added that, “there are studies in Ghana, where we’re collaborating and even looking at the effects on breastfeeding etc, and so far it is safe, and that is why we’re adding that.”
Based on the revision of the vaccination policy as well as studies conducted, the Director-General noted that the type of vaccines which are highly recommended for pregnant women are Pfizer and Moderna.
On this he explained that the agencies they are collaborating with “have also recommended specific vaccines that can be used for pregnant women, just like we have specific ones for fifteen year olds; those below eighteen and fifteen.”
Moreover, in order to deal with any apprehension that may arise among pregnant women as far as taking the jab is concerned, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye explained that the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health is set to embark on sensitization campaign to educate the public on the safety of taking the COVID-19 jab as a pregnant woman.