Sitti receives COVID-19 jab while pregnant: ‘We trust science’
Sitti has received her second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine while 32 weeks pregnant with her second child.
The bossa nova singer talked about her experience in getting the jab through her Instagram page last Monday, Aug. 23. She also showed a photo of herself at a vaccination site with her husband, Joey Ramirez.
“Second dose done at 32 weeks. Joey and I trust the science behind vaccines,” Sitti said. “We trust that this is the best decision we can make for me and our baby in these extraordinary times.”
The singer told fans she has been hearing about pregnant women contracting the virus after delivery or losing their babies to COVID-19—situations that she wanted to prevent by getting vaccinated.
“I want me and my baby to be protected from severe [COVID-19]. I want to pass on antibodies to my baby while in utero,” she added.
Sitti received her first dose when she was 27 weeks pregnant, with clearance from her doctor. The side effects she felt after getting the first dose were slight fatigue, heaviness on injected site and increased bowel movement.
“Day [two] after first dose, I was back to normal. My succeeding ultrasounds show that baby is doing okay too,” she assured fans.
Sitti also reminded the public that they cannot immediately go back to their daily routines after getting their second dose. She told people that they should take extra precautions for two weeks by resting and staying at home as much as possible.
The singer did not state where she got her second dose, but based on her photo at the vaccination site, she received her jab at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City.
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Experts have found COVID-19 vaccines to be generally safe for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, according to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.
The Department of Health recently tagged pregnant women in their second and third trimesters as people in the A3 vaccination priority group. This category includes people with comorbidities.
Meanwhile, women in their first trimesters whose pregnancies are considered high risk can also get vaccinated, as long as they obtain a medical clearance from their doctor. Vergeire, however, noted that the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine is not suitable for expectant mothers. /ra
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