The Nation spoke to 15 pregnant women and they said the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the perceived harm, including side effects.
“At first I was skeptical because when you visit a vaccination center , you must see infrequent mothers-to-be in line waiting for the jab. This is because many people only care about the baby’s safety and not about the pregnant mothers, “said a communications expert from Nairobi.
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“For weeks I did extensive research and came across very compelling data on the intake of vaccines by expectant mothers in the UK because of AstraZeneca donations from there.
” Um to be honest, I was surprised to learn that most of the women who received the vaccination said they felt very good and that nothing had happened to them other than side effects such as a sore arm and fever, which everyone else who took the vaccine, ”she said.
Ms. Khadija Yunis, in her early 30s, said she was on the way to getting her second dose of Moderna vaccine.
“I did a lot of research and consulted my gynecologist, we il worry a lot about the baby.
“At first I was scared, but it made me choose Moderna because my friend, the doctor, convinced me that all vaccines were safe “said Ms. Yunis.
” My gynecologist told me that the reports they received were that the post-vaccine antibodies are being transferred to the baby; it’s not harmful and it’s more like two people vaccinated at the same time. As an African, I know that everyone around me wants to hold my baby when I am born. So I’m at peace because I know that my baby is not at risk of contracting the coronavirus, ”she added.
Ms. Yunis has visited clinics and experts assured her that everything is fine .
“My second vaccination is today. After the first, apart from the pain in my arm, I felt nothing else and even went back to work until about 6:00 pm when I got a bit of a fever, but then everything subsided after 10 minutes, “she said.
Ms. June Mbugua, who works in the Nation Media Group’s advertising department, says the obituaries she deals with motivated her to get the trick.
“In a week we received at least one ad a day of expectant mothers who succumbed to coronavirus based on what the people who referred them told me. It was a wake-up call, “she said.
There was a death that recently hit Ms. Mbugua hard.
” I have a colleague whose girlfriend was seven months pregnant . She had Covid-19 and was taken to the hospital where she was told she would need an emergency caesarean section (caesarean section) to save the baby. She never made it.
It broke my heart because she lives behind a four-year-old boy who will never know her mother, “she said.
According to Dr. Collins Tabu, the director of the National Vaccination and Vaccination Program, but now on study leave, it is very safe for expectant women to get the vaccination.
“We should vaccinate expectant mothers because the benefits are the risks far outweigh, especially if they are in high-risk jobs such as nurses, teachers or security guards, “he said.
Dr vaccination recommendation for expectant mothers.
” Our job as a task Force is the use of Covid-19 vaccines. So far we have not received any guidelines for expectant mothers, but once we do we will be following all decisions made by the Kenya National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (KENITAG) on this matter, ”he said.
But according to Professor Fred Were, the chairman of KENITAG, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has not submitted any reports or data to its team to which it could react.
“The Ministry of Health needs to provide guidance on the discussions. So far we haven’t received any notice from MoH, ”he said.