The province is making COVID-19 vaccines available to pregnant women following new data that indicates an increased risk of severe illness.
Queen’s Park announced on Friday morning it will allow pregnant women to book an appointment through the provincial call centre at 1-888-999-6488. The province says a letter from a health care provider is not required to get a vaccine. “In response to emerging data on the increased risk of severe illness for pregnant women, all pregnant individuals will be eligible to register for vaccination appointments under the highest risk health conditions in the Phase 2 prioritization guidance starting today,” according to a statement provided by the Premier’s Office.
In recent weeks, healthcare professionals across Ontario and Canada have reported an increase in admissions of pregnant women infected with COVID-19 being admitted to ICUs. A statement from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) this week indicates these women face the risk of early labour or even death. “Pregnancy is a known risk factor for COVID-associated morbidity with data clearly and consistently illustrating that pregnant individuals are at increased risk for hospitalization, ICU admission, mechanical ventilation and death compared to non-pregnant individuals,” reads the SOGC statement. “As a result of these factors, many Canadian centres are facing increased numbers of pregnant individuals infected with COVID-19 being admitted to the hospital and ICU.”