Pregnant people now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario

Apr 23 2021, 6:47 am

Ontario is extending COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all pregnant individuals starting Friday.

As of April 23, pregnant people will be included in the “highest risk” category of health conditions, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott.

Pregnant people can book an appointment via the provincial booking system, if that’s what their region is using, or through their public health unit if their area is handling vaccine bookings locally.

The decision comes as more pregnant people have beem admitted to the province’s intensive care units during the third wave.

“Compared to non-pregnant women with COVID-19, pregnant women are at increased risk of invasive ventilation with an equivalent mortality to age-matched peers,” the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada said in a statement in March.

Canadian health authorities have deemed COVID-19 vaccines safe for use on pregnant people.

 

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