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Health Ministry recommends that pregnant women receive COVID vaccine

The Health Ministry is recommending that pregnant women who wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19, especially those with a higher chance of exposure to the coronavirus or who have existing health conditions, receive a vaccine.

According to the ministry, pregnant women infected with the coronavirus virus are more likely to experience complications from COVID-19 than others of a similar age. It stresses the need for social distancing and mask-wearing.

Citing experts, the ministry says there is no indication that vaccination causes harm to either the mother or fetus.

The ministry issues the recommendation as Hebrew media reports say 10 pregnant women are hospitalized in serious condition due to coronavirus complications, with the Ynet news site saying at least three of them appear to be infected with the British variant of the virus.

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