Vaccination recommendation also for pregnant women and nursing mothers

Pregnant women and nursing mothers should also be vaccinated against the corona virus. This has been announced by the Standing Committee on Vaccination at the Robert Koch Institute in a current recommendation. Likewise, all women who want to have children should also be vaccinated against Covid-19. For all these groups, two vaccinations with the approved mRNA vaccines from BioNTech / Pfizer or Moderna are recommended. Pregnant women who have not yet been vaccinated or not fully vaccinated should be vaccinated in the second trimester of pregnancy.

Dr. Marianne Röbl-Mathieu, resident specialist in gynecology and obstetrics and STIKO member, emphasized in a press conference that pregnant women are more likely to develop Covid-19 than non-pregnant women. Other risk factors for a severe course in pregnancy are previous illnesses such as high blood pressure and diabetes mellitus, severe obesity and being over 35 years of age. A study from Israel recently showed that vaccination can also protect pregnant women well. According to this, the probability of vaccinated pregnant women to become infected with the pathogen is 96 percent lower than that of unvaccinated pregnant women. The STIKO also sees the data situation as secure, as many pregnant women around the world have already had themselves vaccinated, for example because they did not know about their pregnancy or because they work in an occupation with an increased risk of infection.

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