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MOH: Pregnant Women Urged To Get Vaccinated As Maternal Deaths Due To Covid-19 See A Rise

The MOH has urged pregnant women in Malaysia to get vaccinated ASAP, as maternal deaths due to Covid-19 see a rise this year compared to no maternal deaths in 2020. According to the ministry, 70 deaths involving pregnant women related to Covid-19 this year were reported as of 9 August. Within the month of June alone, there 17 deaths recorded.

“Data showed two cases out of that total had received the first dose of the vaccine, while the remaining 15 deaths were unvaccinated,” he said, adding that 47% of the deaths had comorbidities. Meanwhile, from March 2020 to June 2021 there were 3,396 Covid-19 cases reported among pregnant women. The average number of Covid-19 cases in May and June were 850 and 899 cases respectively.

Dr Noor Hisham mentioned that pregnant women are classified under high-risk groups that are prone to developing a severe infection from Covid-19. As of 8 August, only 40% of pregnant women in Malaysia have registered for Covid-19 vaccination.

“Out of an abundance of caution, avoiding vaccination during the critical period of organogenesis (development of internal organs) in the first trimester is sensible. And the principle of vaccination is to confer protection before the vulnerable late second and third trimester,” MOH guidelines stated.

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