The Teton County Division of Well being will announce Monday how individuals with persistent well being circumstances can join a COVID-19 vaccine.
That precedence group will embrace circumstances like most cancers, persistent kidney illness, persistent obstructive pulmonary illness, stable organ transplant, sickle cell illness, down syndrome and being pregnant.
“These are all outlined on our web site,” Teton County Director of Well being Jodie Pond stated at Friday’s group COVID-19 replace streamed from City Corridor. “They’re very particular. So please, earlier than you enroll, it’s a must to meet the standards for what these persistent circumstances are.”
Though pregnant girls are a part of that precedence group, well being officers are encouraging them to speak with their well being care suppliers about their particular person wants.
To this point, there’s no knowledge particularly evaluating COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant girls although a couple of pregnant girls had been inadvertently enrolled in vaccine trials, based on Andrew Satin, director of gynecology and obstetrics, and Jeanne Sheffield, director of maternal-fetal drugs at John Hopkins Drugs, based mostly in Baltimore.
“There are usually not any recognized security issues, however extra knowledge shall be out there within the weeks and months forward from extra research,” Satin and Sheffield say in an article printed on the John Hopkins web site.
The vaccine is permitted for pregnant girls, Teton District Well being Officer Dr. Travis Riddell stated. Given the dearth of information, nevertheless, he stated, he thinks it ought to be a person selection.
“I might advocate that anybody in that place speak to their well being care supplier to assist determine what’s the most effective,” he stated.
Riddell additionally stated pregnant girls are on the precedence checklist for good motive.
“Being pregnant is a high-risk situation for extra extreme COVID illness that’s much like influenza,” Riddell stated. “We all know that ladies who get both of those viruses usually tend to get sicker from them once they’re pregnant, which is clearly a part of the equation to be balancing right here and deciding whether or not or to not get vaccinated.”
St. John’s Well being CEO Paul Beaupre stated amongst hospital employees who had been pregnant and had been provided vaccines as well being care employees, many selected to get vaccinated. What’s extra, the hospital has had girls with COVID-19 ship and “the infants have been examined on the time of supply and haven’t examined constructive,” he stated. “So it doesn’t look as if this specific virus crosses the placental membrane.”