Pregnant along with her first little one, Danika Jorgensen-Skakum was cautious to not go away herself uncovered to COVID-19.
She was vigilant about following the general public well being protocols and stated she barely left the home — solely going out for medical appointments.
Regardless of her precautions, in December, only a few weeks after discovering out she was pregnant, Jorgensen-Skakum examined constructive for COVID-19.
“I hadn’t even gone out for groceries or gone into any shops and I nonetheless contracted the virus,” she stated. “It was a reasonably scary time for my associate and my household and neighborhood.”
Now 29 weeks pregnant, Jorgensen-Skakum obtained her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine final Monday.
Getting immunized whereas pregnant was not a choice she made frivolously.
“I am a part of quite a lot of mothers’ teams … there may be quite a lot of battle over whether or not to get the vaccine,” stated the College of Alberta PhD scholar.
However rising COVID-19 instances and variant instances in Alberta, coupled with reports of a wave of pregnant people landing in intensive care units in the course of the third wave in Ontario, tipped the steadiness for her.
She’s additionally encouraging different pregnant individuals to get vaccinated.
“After already having COVID, it is not an important expertise, particularly whereas pregnant,” stated Jorgensen-Skakum, now in her third trimester. “I do know that if my respiratory was compromised it could actually have an effect on me on this final push.”
She does not know what the long-term impacts may be, if there are any.
On March 30, Alberta opened up appointments for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to everybody eligible in Part 2B, together with individuals born between 1957 and 2005 (ages 16 to 64) with sure high-risk underlying well being points, together with being pregnant.
Vaccines not examined on pregnant individuals
Alberta Well being and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) say that presently accessible vaccines haven’t been examined on people who could also be pregnant, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
However ladies who’re pregnant and get COVID-19 have further and really severe dangers in comparison with ladies who aren’t pregnant, the SOGC has discovered.
“We’re listening to all these tales coming from Ontario about pregnant ladies being intubated, I imply I undoubtedly don’t need that,” Jorgensen-Skakum stated.
Even after getting her first shot of the vaccine, Jorgensen-Skakum stays vigilant about COVID-19 protocols.
“I do not really feel like I can chill out in any respect even with the vaccine,” she stated.
“I actually, actually encourage individuals to get vaccinated and to observe COVID protocols if pregnant … for the hazards to your well being and child’s well being and for different individuals in our communities as effectively.
“Elevating our infants occurs in our neighborhood and I need our child to benefit from all people that I dwell round.”