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Health Ministry recommends pregnant women in 1st trimester avoid virus vaccine

The Health Ministry recommends that women in their first trimester of pregnancy not be vaccinated against COVID-19.

While the ministry stresses that the shot is safe for all pregnant women, it says the recommendation is aimed at eliminating “any suspected connection, even an incidental one” between the vaccine and birth defects or miscarriages.

Women in their second and third trimesters should get the vaccine, as well as nursing mothers, the ministry says.

In addition, women who received the first dose and then discovered they were pregnant should still get the second shot three weeks later, it says.

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