KAMPALA – Pregnant mothers have been classified among the groups of people more vulnerable to the risks of coronavirus disease including death.
Following this, Dr Sabrina Kitaka, a pediatrician at Mulago National Referral Hospital has called on the government to prioritize them among those to get vaccinated against the virus.
According to her, several expectant mothers have over time died of the virus since it’s outbreak.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has since revealed that Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people.
“Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can protect you from a severe illness from COVID-19. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, a conversation with your healthcare provider might help, but is not required for vaccination,” said a recent statement from the CDC.
Dr Sabrina meanwhile says people should stop doubting the AstraZeneca vaccine saying its benefits outweigh the side effects.
A recent study by Twaweza Uganda showed that over 19% of residents in Uganda do not trust the covid-19 the vaccine being used by Uganda while a similar number said they are not willing to get vaccinated.
Sabrina says to scale down the number of covid-19 deaths that are soon hitting 2,000 Ugandans should willing appreciate the vaccine.