Dr Adesh Sirjusingh

Pregnant women in T&T who have gone past their first trimester will be eligible to begin receiving the Pfizer vaccine from tomorrow (August 25), director of Women’s Health at the Ministry of Health, Dr Adesh Sirjusingh, said yesterday.

“We are recommending the use of the Pfizer vaccine for pregnant women regardless of nationality after they have completed their first trimester,” he said.

Once a woman has crossed 13 weeks of pregnancy, she will be able to present herself for the vaccine.

Confirming that a total of 315 pregnant women had so far contracted the COVID-19 virus, Sirjusingh advised that this category of persons get a letter from their general practitioner or specialist obstetrician/gynaecologist before they turn up to be vaccinated at any of the 16 locations where the Pfizer is currently being administered.

He further advised people to ensure they use the new forms for pregnant people issued by the ministry and to walk with a form of identification, as well as their ante-natal records.

Sirjusingh said for the 1.5 per cent of the population who are pregnant and under the age of 18, parental consent must be given for them to be vaccinated.

Sirjusingh assured that pregnant women will be fast-tracked once they identify themselves to nursing officials at the mass vaccine sites and advised people to wear clothing where their arms would be easily accessible.

He reiterated that the Sinopharm vaccine continued to be safe for use among breastfeeding women.

Aled about the possible side effects pregnant women may experience after being vaccinated, he said it could include soreness at the injection site, pain in the arm, headache and fatigue, which he said are usually not long-lasting.

He reminded people that vaccination continued to be a voluntary decision and was not mandatory for anyone and urged people to avoid misinformation and false reports.