New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Monday evening issued a new set of guidelines for vaccination of pregnant women and directed them to register on the CoWIN portal or on-site at the vaccine centre to take the jab. “The COVID-19 vaccines available are safe & vaccination protects pregnant women against COVID-19 illness/disease like other individuals,” the guidelines read. The instructions come just days after the Centre okayed vaccination for pregnant women, amid concerns over the exposure of expectant mothers to the deadly virus.Also Read - COVID Symptoms? Follow These Measures Immediately For Quick Recovery And Help Others From Getting Infected

“Pregnancy does not increase the risk of COVID-19 infection. Most pregnant women will be asymptomatic or have a mild disease. BUT their health may deteriorate rapidly and that might affect the foetus too,” the health ministry stated. Also Read - Covid Vaccines Not Working On Newer Omicron Sub-Variants, Finds Study

The guidelines further added that in case a pregnant woman had already been infected by COVID-19, then she should be vaccinated after the delivery. Also Read - India's Daily COVID Tally Crosses 13k Mark, Health Minister Mandaviya to Chair Crucial Meeting on Rising Cases

Clearing the air on side-effects after taking the COVID-19 vaccine, the health ministry said that reactions from the vaccine are normally mild. “After getting the vaccine injection, she can get a mild fever, pain at the injection site or feel unwell for 1-3 days,” the release stated.

COVID-19 Vaccine Guidelines For Pregnant Women

Union Health Ministry issues guidelines for vaccination of pregnant women.

Union Health Ministry issues guidelines for vaccination of pregnant women

Side-effects from vaccine are 'mild', says health ministry.

Side-effects from the vaccine are ‘mild’, says health ministry

How can pregnant women register for COVID-19 vaccine

How to register pregnant women for COVID-19 vaccine