EXPECTING MOTHERS here in the country can sign up for COVID-19 inoculation come FRIDAY.
For more on this latest endeavor against the pandemic I have Choi Won-jong here in the studio.
So let's begin with the upcoming inoculation agenda for pregnant women.
Sure, Like you said, pregnant women are next in line starting this Friday.
According to the KDCA pregnant women who would like to get the COVID-19 vaccine can apply online from 8 PM Korea time.
They will be getting mRNA vaccines such as Moderna or Pfizer.
BUT uncertainty remains among many of these pregnant women with regard to COVID-19 vaccination right?
Right, it's a very sensitive topic to discuss with them because obviously it's something related to not only mothers but also their children as well.
Last week, our news team met Cho Lyee-jin who is 22 weeks pregnant and still goes to work every day.
She told us that she's worried about catching COVID-19, but hasn't had her first shot of the vaccine yet.
Let's take a listen.
"I don't think I'm going to get vaccinated because, first, this was emergency approval with not enough data. I'm sure there would be some impact after catching COVID-19, but we just don't know how the vaccine will impact my baby and myself.
So what's interesting is that she already had her flu shot and she felt that it's much safer than COVID-19 vaccines because it's already been widely used for a long time.
Now for the sake of our viewers Won-jong do tell us a bit about the latest findings with regard to vaccination against COVID-19 for expecting mothers.
Here's what I found so far
Research shows that pregnant women are at more risk than others from COVID-19.
Take a look at this graph on your screen right now.
The Journal of American Medical Association in August said unvaccinated pregnant women with COVID-19 are 15 TIMES more likely to die and 22 TIMES more likely to have premature births.
Here's what the expert said.
"American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a strong medical consensus statement urging all pregnant individuals to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the rationale is because pregnant women have high chance of developing severe COVID-19 and also from dying from COVID-19."
Another expert told me that misinformation and a lack of understanding about vaccines still remains. That's why many pregnant women feel reluctant to get the shot.
That's something that they really need right now. more sufficient information being available for them and doctors.
Thank you, Won-jong.