Chennai launches drive to inoculate lactating mothers

After the union government allowed vaccination against COVID for lactating mothers, several hospitals in the city launched the drive on Wednesday. Doctors at Government Raja Sir Ramaswamy Mudaliar (RSRM) Lying-in Hospital at Royapuram, where 10 lactating mothers were administered the dose, said it is given three days after delivery – whether normal or c-section.
Chennai launches drive to inoculate lactating mothers
New mothers getting the vaccine jab at ICH on Wednesday


Most of them were initially hesitant to take the vaccine, but 10 of them came forward after being counselled about the advantages. “Of them, nine have comorbid conditions like thyroid, diabetes and high blood pressure. We monitored their oxygen, diabetes and blood pressure levels, and were given the jab only when the parametres were within the limit. These were also checked after vaccination,” said Dr R Venkateswari, Superintendent, Government RSRM Hospital.
The doctor added that more than 30 lactating mothers would get their dose in the coming days. Many other government hospitals in the city, too, have started the drive for lactating mothers.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Ma Subramanian said the government was making all efforts to tackle the widely speculated third wave. “We have opened more COVID care centres and special paediatric wards across the State, and are ready to face the situation even if more children get infected by the virus,” said Subramanian.

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