Amid threat of Delta variant, DOH again encourages pregnant, breastfeeding women to get immunized vs. COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 2) - The Department of Health on Monday reiterated its call for pregnant and breastfeeding women to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as cases rise possibly due to the highly contagious Delta variant.

Kasama po ang mga buntis sa ating mga [Pregnant women are part of our] vulnerable population that we currently prioritize for our vaccination,” DOH Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire told reporters in an online briefing.

Vergeire added there are guidelines to follow on the matter.

Only those in their second and third trimester of pregnancy should get the vaccine.

Pregnant and breastfeeding vaccinees can get any vaccine brand except Gamaleya’s Sputnik V.

“Specific to the indications of Sputnik V, bawal po siya sa mga buntis at nagpapasuso [it should not be administered to pregnant and breastfeeding women],” Vergeire said.

The DOH also reminded local government officials about the “no wrong door policy” for COVID-19 vaccination.

This means that any person can get a shot anywhere in the country regardless of his or her place of residence as long as that person falls under priority groups that are currently included in the roll out.

“Please accommodate those individuals na pupunta po sa local governments niyo na hindi po tiga doon sa inyo pero eligible naman po siya magpabakuna [who are not residents of your area but are eligible for vaccination],” Vergeire said.

There are currently 17 active cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant in the country.