Dubai to offer Covid-19 vaccine to pregnant women

Medics recommend first of two shots is taken after 13 weeks of pregnancy

A health worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine to a pregnant woman at Clalit Health Services, in Israel's Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv on January 23, 2021.  Israel began administering novel coronavirus vaccines to teenagers as it pushed ahead with its inoculation drive, with a quarter of the population now vaccinated, health officials said. / AFP / JACK GUEZ

The Dubai Health Authority started vaccinating pregnant women against Covid-19 on Tuesday.

Vaccinations are now available in Covid-19 centres across the emirate, the DHA said.

It recommends that the first of two shots is taken after 13 weeks of pregnancy.

People are urged to book an appointment through the DHA’s smart application or through WhatsApp on 800342.

Dr Mona Tahlak, executive director of the Latifa Hospital for women and children in Dubai, said this new phase in the vaccination campaign was an important step and would protect women.

The DHA will offer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the expecting mothers who wish to take it should first consult their doctor.

Studies from the United States showed that using the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines in pregnant women had not raised safety concerns.

In April, the UK's vaccine chiefs said pregnant women should be offered a shot when other people their age received one.

The UAE has undertaken one of the world's fastest vaccination campaigns. A special UAE briefing on Sunday heard that authorities had provided a vaccine to more than 71 per cent of the population.

More than 15 million vaccine doses have been administered and over 57m tests conducted.

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Updated: June 30th 2021, 4:02 AM