On April 22, the pharmaceutical company Vedra International gathered leading specialists from Bulgaria and abroad in an online discussion panel on COVID-VACCINATIONS, FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY DURING A PANDEMIC, which was broadcast live in 6 countries.
Conversations about vaccines have always been polar, and when it comes to pregnancy and children, even more worries and questions arise. That is why Vedra provided the unique opportunity for medical specialists to receive a solid scientific base of information on the topic from remarkable scientists, as well as shared practical experience from leading specialists from Bulgaria, Romania, Germany and Israel. Vedra does not produce or offer vaccines, but has a mission to be part of a transparent and neutral discussion on health issues so that every doctor, pharmacist and patient can make an informed decision.
Here is some of the information shared during the webinar, and you can watch the full recording in the video below:
Virologist Prof. Argirova explained that as the COVID virus continues to live and spread among us, mutations are inevitable.
“The idea of vaccines and immunization is to do it fast, as fast as possible, to be ahead of the mutants. That is why so much is being said about vaccination (…). I would like everyone to understand how important this is, (…) otherwise, if we continue to let it – as we are doing now – to spread it, it will continue to mutate. ” And with new mutations, vaccines may not be so effective.
“What really needs to be done is a really quick vaccination, which will be followed by further variants of vaccines,” confirms the immunologist from BAS, Prof. Hayrabedyan. The researchers also stressed the importance of keeping our immune systems in order, as this would make it harder for the virus to multiply and mutate.
Dr. Rumen Velev, a member of the Expert Council of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Bulgaria shared that during pregnancy certain changes occur in a woman’s body, which are favorable for pregnancy, but they are unfavorable if a COVID-19 infection occurs or with another virus and it is more severe.
Dr. Yordanova, who practices obstetrics and gynecology in Siegen, Germany, said there was still no general recommendation for vaccination during pregnancy due to a lack of experimental data. “It is recommended that the vaccine be given in childbearing age, when the woman is about to become pregnant, but of course wait 3 months after vaccination, then the planning of the pregnancy will take place. There is also a recommendation for breastfeeding women. “ The reason is that the risk of thrombosis is much higher in the postpartum period.
In Israel, more than 5 million people have been vaccinated with two doses of 9 million people – 98% of people over 70 and about 75% of people over 20, and the results are visible. Dr. Amos Ber, an obstetrician-gynecologist and author of the Israeli Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth, said that the British version of the virus and its increase in morbidity in pregnant women has led women to start asking for vaccination themselves.
Prof. Dr. Radu Vladareanu, President of the Romanian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, announced that Romania will soon reach about 5 million vaccinations, with most people prefer RNA vaccines.
As early as January, the Romanian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology developed a guide to recommend vaccination for pregnant women, and currently pregnant and lactating women are included in groups at high risk of infection or severe disease and for whom access to vaccines should be a priority. Most pregnant women in Romania have been vaccinated with RNA vaccines, but vaccination with adenovaccines / vector vaccines is also ongoing.
So far, different than usual reactions after vaccination have not been observed in pregnant women, said the participating specialists.
Watch the full discussion in the video below: