Pregnant people prioritized for vaccine in B.C. as doctors reassure shots are safe
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — An expert says a lot of “behind the scenes work” had to take place before B.C. finally was able to prioritize people who are pregnant for the COVID-19 vaccine.
As of Tuesday, if you are someone who’s pregnant and over the age of 16, you will be eligible to receive a vaccine dose.
At Fraser Health’s virtual public board meeting, Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin explained that the reason this group of people only now has become eligible, is because officials needed to study the risk posed to pregnant people. This included the risk of “getting more severe COVID disease, ending up in hospital, and even ending up in intensive care.”
“And it was determined that the risk of somebody who is in their 20s and pregnant of having a poor outcome from COVID is about the same as the risk of somebody who is in their 50s and not pregnant, of having a bad outcome. So when the age-based strategy got down into the mid-50s, and those people shared a similar level of risk to those 20-year-old …
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