Health Ministry approves vaccination for pregnant women
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Messages from several health funds were disseminated to inform women that they could make appointments and would be given priority to come and get inoculated.
‘Leumit will begin vaccinating tomorrow, January 20, 2021, pregnant women regardless of their age,’ a statement by the organization read. ‘The decision was made in recognition of the importance of protecting pregnant women and in light of the accumulation of new cases in recent days of pregnant women hospitalized in critical condition.’
Similar messages were shared by Maccabi and Clalit.
The move reflects a stance presented earlier in the day by Health Ministry Deputy Director-General Itamar Grotto, who told KAN News that, ‘We know that pregnancy’ puts women at high-risk for a serious case of coronavirus. ‘We recommend that pregnant women get vaccinated.’
Grotto’s remarks came shortly after Dr. Gili Regev-Yochay, the head of Sheba Medical Center’s Infectious Disease Ep idemiology Unit, said that she is also encouraging pregnant women to get vaccinated as more of them appear in the country’s coronavirus intensive care units in serious condition.