Special vaccination drive for pregnant women in Punjab underway : Balbir Sidhu
Pregnant Women Being Vaccinated in a Special Drive
Chandigarh, August 10, 2021: With the vaccination drive going on in full swing in Punjab, the vulnerable population among which pregnant women are in focus of this drive. A pregnant women is not just herself in an immuno-compromised position but she is also carrying another life in her womb which also need to be protected against covid. A Pregnant women has to be admitted in the hospital for delivering the child which entails spread of Covid in the hospital environment to the staff involved in her delivery. Keeping the risk of Covid involved in a Pregnant women, Punjab government has started a special drive to inoculate all the pregnant women in the state.
Disclosing more about the drive initiated by the Punjab Government, Health & Family Welfare Minister Punjab Balbir Singh Sidhu said that based on the recommendations of Expert Committees and upon approval from the Central government, Punjab government has initiated a special vaccination drive for the Pregnant women and within the first few days of this drive, Health department has vaccinated 1759 Pregnant women. Punjab Government aims to cover all the pregnant women in this drive as early as possible to mitigate the spread of Covid and to safeguard the life of mother and child.
Talking about the Covid Vaccination drive in the state Sidhu said that a total of 106,81,257 persons have been vaccinated out of which 83,93,854 have received single dose and 22,87,403 have been fully vaccinated with two doses. State has now received 5,49,223 doses of vaccine. He further stated that his government endeavours to completely immunize all the residents of Punjab but everyone needs to adhere to the covid appropriate behaviour to avoid the imminent third wave.