Pregnant women can start the vaccination process against covid-19 at any time of pregnancy, according to the norm of the vaccination campaign of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) updated today.
Despite the previous rule stating that “there is no gestational age limit for the start of vaccination”, the DGS recommended that the vaccination of the pregnant woman should occur from the 21st week of gestation, after the morphological ultrasound.
In the standard “Vaccination campaign against covid-19”, updated today, the DGS says that “there is no maternal or gestational age limit for the start of vaccination”.
“Vaccination against covid-19 in pregnant women must respect a minimum interval of 14 days in relation to the administration of other vaccines. However, if necessary, for timely vaccination, any interval can be used, including co-administration in relation to the flu vaccine and the whooping cough vaccine”, he explains.
It also emphasizes that “the administration of anti-D immunoglobulin in pregnant women should not be postponed”, and can be administered on the same day or at any time interval in relation to the vaccine against covid-19.
In a statement released on Thursday, the DGS appealed to pregnant women to take the booster dose of the vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes covid-19, stressing that the vaccination of pregnant women is a priority, “due to the increased risk of complications related to covid-19 in this group”.
The DGS also recommends vaccination with a booster dose in people with severe immunosuppression who received an additional dose to complete the primary vaccination schedule, with the aim of increasing protection for this population.
Regarding people who, after medical evaluation in an Immunoallergology consultation, have a contraindication for the administration of a vaccine against covid-19, the DGS recommends in the standard that "the vaccine schedule (primary or booster) with a vaccine against covid-19 of another brand».