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Q. My 36-year-old daughter-in-law is pregnant and has mildly low BP. Can she get the COVID vaccine?

Answered by
Dr. Reetika Joshi
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sushrutha Muralidharan
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 19, 2021

Hello doctor,

My daughter-in-law is 36 years old, and she is pregnant. The pregnancy duration is five and a half months.

Her other parameters are fine, and she has a 7-year-old boy. Her BP is slightly low.

Our main concern is as follows:

1) Can she take a vaccine for COVID?

2) If yes, which is preferred, Covaxin or Sputnik?

3) Is any other precaution required after the vaccine?

Kindly give your opinion.

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

1) Since from the second of this month, based upon the recommendation of the national technical advisory group on immunization (NTAGI), MoHFW (ministry of health and fertility welfare) approved the immunization of pregnant women based on the condition that the risks of COVID-19 and risks and benefits of vaccine be explained to the women and she makes her own informed decision. There are no time restrictions on when to take vaccination during pregnancy.

2) There are no studies of this nature that give a comparison of vaccine efficacy or side effects in pregnant women.

3) There are no specific precautions as things are still unclear if there is any specific impact on pregnant women when the vaccine is administered. Once you declare beforehand regarding the pregnancy of your daughter-in-law, she will be observed as per the existing national AEFI (adverse events following immunization) surveillance guidelines at the center for the requisite known events following immunization.

The only thing is for pregnant women is that obstetricians and gynecologists, and pediatricians are also part of the AEFI surveillance team for vaccination of pregnant women.

I hope this was helpful.


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