CDC Urging Pregnant Women to Get Covid-19 Vaccine

The CDC has issued an urgent health advisory recommending women who are pregnant, those who were recently pregnant, who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future, get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The new emergency guidance is meant to build on and strengthen guidance the agency issued last month.

The COVID-19 vaccine has only been given to 31% of pregnant women in the United States.

Yesterday the CDC warned that not being vaccinated puts a pregnant woman and her unborn child at greater risk of contracting the coronavirus.

The recommendation comes after the CDC reported more than 125,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in pregnant women as of Sept. 27.

More than 22,000 people were admitted to hospitals, with 161 of them dying. There were 22 reported deaths in August alone.

COVID-19 cases in symptomatic pregnant women had a 70% increased chance of being admitted to intensive care and dying.

Not taking the vaccine can potentially raise the chance of negative pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth, stillbirth, or admission to intensive care for a newborn infected with covid-19.

“Pregnancy can be both a special time and also a stressful time – and pregnancy during a pandemic is an added concern for families,” CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky said in a statement. “I strongly encourage those who are pregnant or considering pregnancy to talk with their healthcare provider about the protective benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine to keep their babies and themselves safe.”

According to the CDC’s data, vaccination rates among pregnant women differ significantly by race and ethnicity.

Pregnant Asian women have the greatest degree of immunization – around 46 percent. The vaccinated rate in  Hispanic or Latino pregnant women is 27 percent.

Black pregnant women had the lowest immunization rate, with only about 16 percent fully immunized. And about 35 percent of non-Hispanic white pregnant women are fully immunized.

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