Published: 2021-04-26 17:04
Last Updated: 2021-05-17 14:33
Sunday, Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry announced pregnant women in the Kingdom are now able to register to receive a coronavirus jab.
On Twitter, the ministry wrote, “The Ministry of Health announces the availability of COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant women, based on the recommendations of the Specialized Scientific Committee.”
They stressed that studies on coronavirus vaccines and pregnant women showed no harm to the woman or baby, noting that a COVID-19 infection in a pregnant woman can pose severe complications and threaten the health of the fetus.
The study was based on reports from over 35,000 women in the US who received either Pfizer-BioNTech, or Moderna jabs while pregnant. The two vaccines are manufactured using mRNA technology.
Additionally, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine also endorsed coronavirus vaccinations for pregnant women based on over a year of evaluations.
"The vaccines are safe and effective," they said.
Saudi Arabia became the latest country in the Middle East to expand eligibility criterias for COVID-19 jabs. Last week, Dubai announced that women who are breastfeeding or are planning to get pregnant can take the Pfizer vaccine.
According to the CEO of a women and children's hospital in the UAE, Muna Tahlak, mRNA vaccines are safe for women who have plans of becoming pregnant, unless they have certain allergies to vaccines or its components.
Saudi Arabia has opened over 500 vaccination centers nationwide, with over eight million having already received a jab in the Kingdom.