Should pregnant women get the Covid-19 vaccine?
Experts recommend the jab for pregnant women who are at a higher risk of getting the virus and suffering severe symptoms
Out of the three million coronavirus vaccine doses administered so far in Catalonia, only 30 have gone to pregnant women, according to data from health authorities.
They were either essential workers such as health professionals, or had a higher risk of contracting the virus or developing severe symptoms, and the potential risks and benefits were evaluated in each case.
Health authorities are hoping for more comprehensive studies on the issue, which could be carried out when the vaccine rollout reaches age groups with higher pregnancy rates from June.
In the meantime, experts speaking to the Catalan News Agency recommend seeking medical advice before making a decision to vaccinate or not as a pregnant woman.
"Even with these conditions, the risks and benefits in each case should be evaluated separately"
Anna Suy · Head of Obstetrics at the Vall d’Hebron hospital in Barcelona
"What we can say for sure is that it’s not been advised against," said Gemma Falguera, the president of the Catalan Association of Midwives.
The vaccine should be advised, she says, if the woman has underlying conditions that pose a higher risk of developing severe Covid-19 symptoms, such as diabetes, heart disease, morbid obesity, nephropathies, severe respiratory problems, arterial hypertension, or immunosuppression.
"Even with these conditions, the risks and benefits in each case should be evaluated separately," said Anna Suy, the head of Obstetrics at the Vall d’Hebron hospital in Barcelona, who admits that "the risk is very low and it will most likely end up being safe."
The geneticist and professor at UOC and the University of Leicester Salvador Macip says that more and more evidence suggests that Covid-19 can cause complications in a pregnancy, and therefore that the risks of contracting the virus seem higher than developing side effects after getting the vaccine.
When it comes to the lactancy period, health authorities have stated that the Pfizer and Moderna jabs pose no risk for babies. Some experts have even suggested that studies have found that mothers can transfer antibodies to their babies during that period.