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Mexico Launches Vaccination Registry For Pregnant Women 

Proof of pregnancy is not required to receive the shot.

Recently, Mexico launched its COVID-19 vaccination plan for mothers-to-be. Women ages 18 to 50 who are at least 10 weeks pregnant are eligible for the shot.

“It is good that the health department has considered applying the COVID-19 vaccine to pregnant women,” said Oscar Candelas Reinoso, 39, whose wife is five months pregnant. “As soon as the online call came out, I registered her.”

Mexico’s Secretary of Health, Hugo López Gatell, presented the program in a press conference, explaining that proof of pregnancy is not required to receive the vaccine.

Eligible women should pre-register on the government’s portal. The registration and the vaccine are free. Once registered, women will receive an appointment date according to the state where they live.

Mexican women who are at least 10 weeks pregnant will receive the COVID-19 vaccine before other women their age. (Anastasiia Chepinska/Unsplash)

Mexican families are grateful for the plan.

“Knowing that both she and the baby will be protected gives me peace of mind,” said Candelas Reinoso. “It will be one concern less for us. We are not afraid of the COVID-19 vaccine or the reactions since we have relatives who have gotten the shot and have not had any problems. So, we are confident that it will be of great benefit to her and the baby.”

The virus has affected thousands of pregnant women.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they “are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 … that requires hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator or special equipment to breath, or illness that results in death.”

Pregnant women infected with COVID-19 could give preterm birth or have adverse pregnancy outcomes, per the agency’s webpage.

Some women are afraid of the possible side effects of receiving a vaccine during pregnancy, either for themselves or their babies.

While clinical trials are underway, the CDC’s and the U.S. Federal Drug Administration’s monitoring systems have not identified concerns for mothers or babies.

Mexico opens the vaccination registry to pregnant women, with the idea of protecting their babies too. (Hakan Nural/Unsplash)

At the end of the day, “it is the choice of each pregnant woman,” said Marco de Jesús Zárate Olvera, 44, a general practitioner who graduated from the Universidad Veracruzana.

“They should consider that their health and their baby’s health are at risk since the COVID-19 virus has not been eradicated. Therefore, it will be important that they are vaccinated against this disease. When the mother receives the vaccine, she will also be giving the antibodies to her baby.”

So far, Mexico’s Roadrunner Vaccination Plan has immunized 14.4 million people, of whom 10.7 million are seniors over 60; 1.4 million are teachers or school employees; 1.2 million are adults from 50 to 59, and 1.1 million are health personnel.

(Translated and edited by Gabriela Olmos; edited by Kristen Butler)

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