COVID vaccination drive commenced for lactating mothers on May 26 in Mumbai.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, in line with the Centre's directives, has decided to extend the benefits of the city's COVID vaccination drive to pregnant women now. From Monday onwards, public centres in the MMR will administer the vaccine jab to this segment of the population. As per reports, there are approximately one lakh ladies in this category.
Health officials undergo special training for vaccination of pregnant women
After one and half months of launching a vaccination facility for lactating mothers in Mumbai, the BMC has decided to flag off the same provision for pregnant women, starting Monday. A special training session was also organised here on Thursday, to prepare the health staff in this regard, read reports.
The Executive Health Officer of the BMC, informed that pregnant beneficiaries will be monitored till the 20th day after the vaccination, to tackle any side effects or complications. Health officials have been directed to educate these ladies about the benefits and the effects of the jab, pushing them to take extra care of themselves if they have comorbidities.
Low vaccine response among lactating mothers
While the state has permitted COVID vaccination for lactating mothers in Mumbai, their response has been starkly poor, since the availability of the provision, one and a half months ago. According to the municipal data, there are around 1 lakh lacatating mothers in the city, of which only 3,463 have gotten the jab.
Reportedly, the enthusiasm for vaccination was highest on the first day of inoculation, on May 26. About 489 women were administered the first dose here. However, the fervour has been dull ever since. On Wednesday, around 49 ladies received the COVID shot.
Health officials are yet to understand the reason behind the overall hesitancy for the jab, despite the arrangements of walk-in vaccination facilities for them. No lactating mother is expected to fill in paperwork or pre-book an appointment to get the jab, the BMC associates clarified.