Sitti and her husband, Joey Ramirez, received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, making them fully vaccinated against the virus. Considering that she is 32 weeks pregnant, the singer admits it took her a while before pushing through with it.
In an Instagram post, she explains that their decision to get vaccinated was based on science and on the ground experiences from other fellow pregnant mothers. Sitti says, “Joey and I trust the science behind vaccines. We trust that this is the best decision we can make for me and our baby in these extraordinary times.”
She adds, “I’ve been seeing a lot of posts of preggos contracting COVID after delivery. I think I’ve seen two moms who sadly didn’t make it… their babies and families left behind. I have two preggo friends who got COVID, too. Both were treated in the ICU, yung isa napaanak ng maaga at 33 weeks.”
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Sitti is among the many pregnant Filipinas who have chosen to get vaccinated, even if there are many conflicting opinions floating around otherwise. She got her first dose at 27 weeks and shares that the only side effects she felt after were slight fatigue, heaviness on injected site.
She also “pooped twice more than usual.” Succeeding ultrasounds showed that their baby was doing okay.
The mother says, “I want me and my baby to be protected from severe COVID. I want to pass on antibodies to my baby while in utero. I want to do my part in reaching herd immunity.”
She shares that she and Joey will be staying low for the next two weeks, up until the vaccine takes full effect.
Experts agree that protecting the expectant mother and their unborn child against COVID-19 is very important, which is perhaps why the Philippine government, through the Department of Health (DOH), included pregnant women in the A3 priority group for vaccination.
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In a statement, DOH Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire stressed that vaccines are recommended for those in the second or third trimester, as well as pregnant women who are considered to be in high-risk pregnancies, even when they are still in their first trimester.
The decision to get vaccinated or not while pregnant is not an easy one to make, especially with much fake news out there, like the fear of it causing abnormalities in children, bleeding, or causing the mother to lose the baby.
There has been no evidence to support those fears, and most COVID19 vaccines are safe for expecting mothers. However, Sec. Vergeire did mention that Gamaleya’s Sputnik V must not be given to pregnant mothers.
If you do choose to get vaccinated, it is important to talk to your doctor or OB-GYNE to get medical clearance, stating that you’re fit to receive the vaccine.
Read more about the expert recommendations for pregnant women in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine here.