Over the weekend, a pregnant woman and her fetus died of COVID-19, which highlighted that more and more expectant mothers were infected with the virus, and received new calls on Sunday asking them to get vaccinated.
According to data released by the Israeli television network, the number of pregnant women infected with the virus has increased significantly in recent months, and officials blame this on the more aggressive British variant.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of approximately 7,415 pregnant women have been infected. However, according to figures quoted by the Ministry of Health Channel 12, this number has increased from 288 in November to 1,238 in December in recent months, and then doubled to 2,629 in January.
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The report states that only one-third of pregnant women in Israel are vaccinated. However, the Ministry of Health only recommended that they start vaccinating on January 20.
The clinical trials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine used in Israel’s mass vaccination campaign did not include pregnant or breastfeeding women. The two companies said that there is not enough data to show whether there are any risks.
However, due to the serious illness of pregnant women, the Ministry of Health changed the recommendation.
The Ministry of Health said in a statement: “There is no evidence that vaccination during the entire pregnancy will cause harm.”
The Ministry of Health said: “Compared with pregnant women who are infected and sick with coronavirus, the serious incidence of the disease is higher than that of people of the same age.”
Channel 13 said that one month after the agreement was changed, there were no incidents of side effects that harmed pregnant women or fetuses.
When a pregnant woman died on Saturday night with COVID-19, this situation was clearly explained because she was worried that she might endanger the life of the fetus, so she did not vaccinate herself against the disease.
Osnat Ben Shitrit (Osnat Ben Shitrit)’s mother and sister urged people to get vaccinated in a speech to the media on Sunday, while the brother-in-law, who admitted that he was an aide to the anti-vaccine social media organization, left the organization , But said he is still vigilant about this. immunity.
Ronit Sianni said her daughter wanted to be vaccinated but worried about its safety for pregnant women.
Zinney told Channel 13: “Go get the vaccine, don’t wait. This is not a game. This is a matter of life and death.”
Ben Shitrit, 32, a four-year-old mother, died in Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem. The doctor was unable to save her 30-week-old fetus in an emergency C-section. Hadassah said that the fetus has not been infected by the virus but is in a critical state and cannot survive.
Ben Shitrit’s brother-in-law told Kanna Public Broadcasting Company that he had set up an anti-vaccination Facebook group, which surged by thousands of members, and he was still a member of several other groups member.
The man did not disclose his identity in the report. He said that after Ben Shitrit’s death, he suspended his group but remained in the other groups.
“When it reaches your backyard, you will understand that you need to think in a different way. Now we understand the cost of the coronavirus,” he said, but still cautious about recommending vaccinations.
He said that the national vaccination campaign is “compulsory”, which obviously refers to the government’s plan to restrict people who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered from the disease from participating in certain aspects of public life.
The man said: “I’m not talking about running away and getting vaccinated. It’s because you need to do so, but simply put, if you want to prevent death at home, you have the ability and you can choose to get vaccinated.
He recommends that people perform other tests first to determine if they already have antibodies that may be produced during asymptomatic infection with the virus.
Two sisters of Ben Shitrit told the TV station that the expectant mother had been ill for several days but refused to be hospitalized.
The sisters said that when Ben Shitrit arrived at the hospital, she was already critically ill. They echoed their mothers and called on the public to be vaccinated.
A spokesperson for the Hadassah Medical Center told the Times of Israel that Ben Shitrit was healthy until she recently contracted the coronavirus, and had four successful pregnancies before, and had been using childbirth. Raw.
Ben Shitrit, a resident of the Jerusalem area, was admitted to hospital with respiratory distress last Tuesday and began to deteriorate rapidly on Saturday night. The doctor noticed that several of her organs were damaged, and a large team, including cardiologists and gynecologists, gathered at her bedside.
According to Hadassah’s statement, the medical staff conducted a “very long” resuscitation attempt and performed an emergency caesarean section. But the mother passed away, and “despite all her best efforts to save the life of the fetus in the intensive care unit”, it still could not survive.
Ben Shitrit rested in Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon.
News of her death reverberated throughout Israel’s medical system, and doctors warned that this shows that the so-called British variant (now accounted for the vast majority of all COVID cases in Israel) is increasingly dangerous to pregnant women and fetuses.
As of Sunday, more than 4.3 million citizens have used at least two injections of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for mass immunization in Israel, which is about half of the total population. According to data from the Ministry of Health, more than 2.9 million people have the second.