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Over 2.27 lakh pregnant women have received first dose of COVID vaccine in less than a month

Health Ministry today said over 2.27 lakh pregnant women have received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine under the ongoing National COVID Vaccination drive in less than a month. This is a result of regular counseling of pregnant women by health workers and medical officers about risks of COVD-19 infection to pregnant women and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination.

This sustained campaign has empowered pregnant women to make an informed choice on taking the COVID vaccination. Several initiatives have been taken by States to encourage pregnant women to be motivated for the vaccine, such as special vaccination sessions for the pregnant women.

National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization had recommended vaccination for pregnant women leading to inclusion of pregnant women in India’s COVID Vaccination Drive. Tamil Nadu is leading the way by vaccinating over 78 thousand 838 pregnant women, followed by Andhra Pradesh with over 34 thousand and Odisha with 29,821.

Counselling the eligible beneficiaries by the frontline workers at the antenatal clinics, and mobilization by ASHAs for vaccination have resulted in building confidence and acceptance in the community.

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